Disgraced psychiatrist Ovais Badat, already convicted for supplying cocaine, fraud, and possessing a Class B drug, has been exposed for downloading images of children being abused.
A forensic examination of a computer used by Badat revealed evidence of indecent images and videos of children. The former poster boy for the Royal College of Psychiatrists denied wrongdoing but evidence including search terms was enough to conclude Badat downloaded the material.
Badat was already serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for the previous conviction. He was sentenced to 10 months for the first count of making indecent images to run consecutively, and 10 months each for the other counts to run concurrently.
DCI Simon Brickwood of Avon and Somerset Police said: “A 42-year-old man has been convicted of downloading indecent images and videos of children following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
“Ovais Badat, of Hopewell Street in Gloucester, was found guilty of seven counts of making indecent images of children.
“Badat, a former employee with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, was found to have images and videos assessed to be category A – the most serious category.
“He was previously convicted of supplying a controlled drug, fraudulently making false prescriptions, fraud and possessing ketamine following a previous trial linked with our investigation.
“Downloading indecent images or videos is an abhorrent offence. Every image or video means another vulnerable child has been abused which is why we’re committed to identifying offenders and bringing them to justice.”