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Paediatric doctor admits catalogue of sex offences against children.
Friday 31st October 2014 @ 16:05 by Anna Fletcher



A doctor working in paediatrics has admitted committing a catalogue of sex offences against children.

Raza Laskar, of Ashton-under-Lyne, has admitted six counts of causing or inciting child pornography, one count of taking indecent photographs, eight counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, five counts of voyeurism, three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, one count of incitement to distribute an indecent photograph of a child, two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image. The charges relate to offences against 12 boys under 16-years-old.

He will be sentenced on 9 January 2015.

In April 2014, GMP received information from the National Crime Agency that between Christmas Day 2013 and 27 January 2014, 1,605 separate files, suspected of containing indecent photographs of children, had been made available on a file sharing site.

The IP address was checked and an address in Ashton-under-Lyne identified and on 2 May 2014, a warrant was executed at the house.

A number of computers and data storage devices were seized and subsequently forensically examined by GMP’s high tech crime unit and latterly by an external company; such was the amount of data recovered.

Chat logs were recovered as well as videos of Laskar engaging in sexual acts with a child that had been taken in a hotel room he had booked.

Further examination of the vast amounts of data recovered revealed more than 1.2million images.

In addition hundreds of chat logs were reviewed and videos recovered that led to officers identifying other child victims whom Laskar had groomed and incited to engage in sexual activity.

The children were found after examination of internet chat logs and the investigation team traced them using their usernames, emails and IP addresses. Some victims were based in the UK and others elsewhere around the world.

Detective Inspector Theresa Carter, said: “Raja Laskar is a person who lived two very different lives.

“Like Jekyll and Hyde, he is vastly different in moral character depending on the situation, going from caring for and treating children to deliberately targeting, grooming and abusing them.

“He has admitted a vast number of appalling child sexual abuse offences and the size and the scale of this operation obviously came as a shock to the investigation team when you consider his background allied with the scale of his offending.

“His profession will obviously be an aggravating factor and one that many people will be extremely concerned about.

“While I can stress that we found no evidence that he committed any offence during the course of his employment, it will be of absolutely no comfort to the boys and the families of the boys he targeted online.

“The one thing I would like to highlight on the back of this is internet security and awareness.

“It is so important, in this digital age where even young school children have the internet in the palm of their hand that they know about the dark side of the web.

“There are dangers lurking if the right precautions are not taken and I would encourage parents to talk to their children and discuss what websites they are visiting, who they are talking to and what to do if approached by someone who asks them to engage in sexual activity.”