On July 2, 2021, Dr Yousef Khouli was sentenced to four years in prison extended by five years after pleading guilty to numerous counts of making and distributing indecent images of children.
The former Chelmsford doctor was convicted of three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, three counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child, six counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, five counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing a prohibited image of a child.
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Dr Khouli was caught by police in February 2020 when police searched his home and found a number of devices with indecent images of children of the gravest category – as well as evidence of sexual communications with children online.
During a Medical Practitioners Tribunal following Dr Khouli’s conviction, Mr Ciaran Rankin, the GMC counsel, said he had “brought the profession into disrepute.”
Dr Khouli submitted that he had proudly served the NHS and had dedicated himself to healthcare, however admitted he “lacked insight” and was “regretful and remorseful” for his actions.
He added that he has undertaken 37 hours of psychotherapy sessions over the year to address his problems and suggested his offences were “out of character”.
The tribunal however ruled that it was “inherent in the work of a doctor to protect and safeguard the vulnerable,” adding: “Dr Khouli’s criminal behaviour actually caused harm to children.”
The tribunal also rejected Dr Khouli’s claim his actions were “out of character,” considering the quantity of images with the majority in the gravest category as well as using technology to record Snapchat conversations with children.
After concluding Dr Khouli unfit to practice, on January 6, 2022, the tribunal decided to erase his name from the medical register for his “grave and serious” behaviour.
It said: “In making and distributing indecent images of children and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, Dr Khouli showed a deliberate and reckless disregard for the principles set out in GMP, in that he did not act within the law and did not ensure that his conduct justified the public’s trust in the profession.”
Unless Dr Khouli exercises his right of appeal, his name will be erased from the Medical Register within 28 days of the tribunal’s decision.
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