'Mums and sons porn' doctor charged over child sex images
A BUNDABERG doctor, who turned himself into police because he feared work software was tracking online searches of "mums and sons" porn and stored images of children as young as two years old, has denied possessing child exploitation material.
Former Bundaberg Hospital consulting psychiatrist Dr Rajdeep Singh Sandu is facing trial in the Brisbane District Court over allegedly possessing 13 images of child exploitation material between August 27, 2017 and November 18, 2018.
Despite telling police in a record of interview on November 17, 2018 that he had become "paranoid" work software that was installed on his phone was tracking porn downloads that "might have been restricted", Dr Sandu on Thursday pleaded not guilty to possessing child exploitation material.
The court heard Dr Sandu reported to the counter of the Bundaberg Police Station on November 17, 2018, saying he wanted to discuss child exploitation material.
During the voluntary record of interview with detectives, the doctor said he began downloading child exploitation material at age 15 in India and had continued to do so throughout his life, including after moving to Australia on 2017.
Dr Sandu said he downloaded the images from group chats with former classmates and web searches of "incest" and "mums and sons".
He told officers he began deleting images of children off his devices after he became "very fearful" he was "being tracked" through the software.
"Messages I read, I got it in my head that I was being tracked... by a cult," he told detectives two years ago.
Dr Sandu later told police he thought law enforcement authorities were tracking him.
"Because this device is essentially a virtual private network to the hospital... articles I found said while they say it's secure, it may not be and admins will be able to look at your browsing history, your photos, your emails," he said in his police interview that was today played to the jury.
Dr Sandu told officers he returned to be with his wife in the UK for two months in August 2018 because he wanted to see his wife and dogs "one last time before anything happened".
"No one came for me and I thought maybe it was my imagination," he told officers, saying he later returned to Bundaberg to work.
"Since then I had a habit of downloading porn... some of it may have been restricted, including child porn."
Dr Sandu also told police in the interview, when living in England in 2013 he spoke to a man running a massage parlour about sex with a 15-year-old, but did have sex with a minor.
He also recounted meeting a man in Bundaberg, who he showed images of his wife to and discussed explicit sexual fantasies.
Dr Sandu also consented to his house and devices being searched following the interview.
The trial continues.
Originally published as Doctor charged with possession of child sex images