Neurosurgeon caught distributing child abuse material was a paedophile victim, court told

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A Brisbane neurosurgeon who distributed child exploitation material had been a victim of notorious paedophile Kevin Lynch, a court has heard.

The 45-year-old man today pleaded guilty in the District Court in Brisbane to one count of distributing child exploitation material and was sentenced to 15 months’ jail wholly suspended.

The court heard the man was abused by Lynch when he was a student at St Paul’s School in northern Brisbane.

Lynch abused at least 100 children and he took his own life after being charged, the court was told.

The court heard that in June 2019 the man joined an online group that described itself as a “safe place” for people attracted to minors.

Prosecutor Noel Needham said the man sent one image and two videos depicting child abuse to another person, who turned out to be an undercover police officer.

“That’s how he came to the attention of the police.”

Marriage failed

Defence barrister Saul Holt QC said the man was remorseful and accepted his actions were “appalling and disgraceful”.

Mr Holt said after the man’s arrest, his marriage broke down and his successful private practice collapsed.

Judge Paul Smith said the abuse by Lynch was not an excuse for the offending, but did help to explain why the man engaged in the behaviour.

Judge Smith acknowledged the man had undergone “extensive rehabilitation” with a psychologist.

The neurosurgeon’s medical licence was suspended after he was arrested.

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