A specialist childrens doctor, who was caught with over 50,000 sick images of youngsters he had collected online for years, has been locked-up for sixteen months.
Dr. Ediz Ekrem, 31, of Lordship Lane, Dulwich, was employed within the paediatric unit of an unnamed south London Hospital.
He was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court where he was also handed a ten-year Sexual Harm Protection Order.
Dr. Ekrem pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of children.
On the October 28, last year police from Operation Bellona, part of the Met's Paedophile Unit, raided Ekrem's home and seized his laptop and a hard drive.
When questioned Ekrem confirmed he had downloaded indecent images of children, but then deleted them.
He was found to be in possession of 187 category A images (the most serious rating), 92 category B images and 51,641 category C images - a total of 51,851 images.
None of the images were accessed whilst Ekrem was at work, nor were they of any of his patients.
The General Medical Council was informed and immediately withdrew Ekrem's licence to practice medicine pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Detective Constable John Daly, the investigating officer from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "An appropriate sentence has been handed down today.
“Ekrem is a person who was supposed to be trusted and responsible for looking after the most ill and vulnerable in society.
“He has abused that trust by committing this offence. Ekrem was feeding a market for the most appalling and perverted images for a number of years.
"The sharing and making of indecent images of children is an abhorrent crime and one that the Metropolitan Police Service will continue to pursue and bring the perpetrators before the courts."