Edmonton pediatrician charged with child pornography, permitted to practice again

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has allowed an Edmonton pediatrician charged with possessing and transmitting child pornography to practice again. Dr. Ghassan Al-Naami was arrested in April 2019, following an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. The charges stem from allegations he uploaded child pornography to the internet, reported CBC. ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit was notified about the images by the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre that July. ALERT said in its initial news release that none of the offences were committed against children in Al-Naami’s care. After his arrest, Al-Naami was under a court-ordered release, including immediate withdrawal from his practice and refuting work in a position of trust or authority with minors under 16. He previously practiced at the Bright Futures Clinic at 113th Avenue and 95th Street in Edmonton. Al-Naami also practiced as a pediatrician in Fort McMurray from 2012 until early 2017. However, a July 16 decision by the Court of Queen’s Bench determined the college failed to reasonably reconsider a later request from Al-Naami to revoke the withdrawal.

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