The Evening Telegram
Thursday, October 9, 1997

Child pornography conviction may mean more trouble for Labrador psychologist

by Gary Hebbard

Patrick Daniels may face one more hurdle stemming from his recent conviction for importing child pornography via the Internet.

The 34-year-old Labrador psychologist faces possible disciplinary action from the provincial body that regulates his profession.

Daniels was sentenced Oct. 7 to 30 days of house arrest and placed on probation for one year. For the period of his arrest he is allowed out only between hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

John Garland, registrar of the Newfoundland Board of Examiners in Psychology, confirmed Wednesday that the act governing the profession does provide for disciplinary procedures.

But he declined to say if they had been put in motion. Such proceedings c= an result from either court action or a complaint from a member of the public, he said.

In the case of court action, the board would usually wait until the conclusion of any and all legal proceedings before beginning its own, he said. In the Daniels case, they have yet to see receive a written copy of the judgment.

Any board proceedings would be preceded by a thorough investigation, head= ed by him, to determine if a full board hearing is justified

"If I make that determination, then the full board would convene a hearing", he said

Potential penalties in such case include: removal of the psychologist's name from the register for a specified period of time; a monetary penalty or conditions on future practice.

The accused has the right to appeal any determination of the board.

Meanwhile, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary spokeswoman Sgt. Paula Buckle said the computer equipment seized from Daniels during the investigation has been returned to him and no restrictions placed on him regarding its use.

The Daniels case drew a lot of interest because it is believed to be the first instance of a conviction on the charges of importing and possessing child pornography using the Internet.

In addition to investigators from theRNC, law enforcement officials from the U.S. and Mexico were also involved in the case.


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