Chaperone for porn charge doctor

A QUEENSLAND doctor convicted over his “compulsively driven” internet pornography usage has been banned from treating anyone under 18 without a chaperone.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled Clem Richard Peter Bonney could still work as a general practitioner, after noting he had pleaded guilty to accessing child pornography.

Dr Bonney, 36, of Milmerran, west of Toowoomba, was sentenced to 12 months' jail by the Brisbane District Court in July last year, but was released immediately subject to probation.

In QCAT's written decision, published last week, deputy president Fleur Kingham said Dr Bonney had a history of moderate depression, partly driven by relationship problems.  Dr Bonney developed a compulsion to view pornography on the internet, Judge Kingham wrote, and “his offending is part of compulsively driven behaviour that, at times, crossed the child pornography boundary, but at no time provided Dr Bonney with any sexual arousal or gratification,” she stated.

Judge Kingham described the behaviour as “improper conduct and conduct discreditable to his profession”, but accepted Dr Bonney could continue to practise if he was witnessed by a chaperone when dealing with under-age patients.

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