Ex-Dr viewed more child porn

The Langford Centre in De La Warr Road where Michael Beranek worked before being struck off
The Langford Centre in De La Warr Road where Michael Beranek worked before being struck off

A disgraced doctor, who was struck off after being caught with hundreds of sick child porn images while working in Bexhill, has been jailed for ten months after software installed on his computer tipped-off police that he had downloaded 1,088 more images.

Michael David Beranek, 44, of Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton, had worked as a psychiatrist with vulnerable people suffering mental health issues when he was caught the first time.

He received 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Lewes Crown Court in 2012 after police found over 800 indecent images of children on his computer. At the time he was working at The Langford Centre, Bexhill.

He was made the subject to a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), which monitored his internet use. As a result of that monitoring police realised he was viewing child porn again.

He pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to four charges of making indecent photographs of children on or before January 21.

Prosecutor Mr Ravinder Johal told the court: “There were no problems initially and he was being managed as a low-risk offender. He had remote software on his computer that triggered illegal intent use.”

When police arrived Beranek tried to claim he had restricted his internet viewing to fetish sites involving adults.

But Mr Johal continued : “He then admitted accessing indecent images of children after he received an email link from a third party.”

The link Beranek clicked and downloaded advertised the fact it contained sexual images of girls aged 11, 12, and 13.

He told police he stored the images in the hard drive and he was arrested.

He also told them : “It’s better you came tonight before it got more out of control.”

The court made him subject to a fresh five-year SOPO and he was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.