Norway Allows Psychiatrist Convicted of Downloading Child Porn to Keep Custody of Children While Quickly Separating Other Families

OSLO, NORWAY – MAY 31: A Norwegian flag is seen on the occasion of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway’s 75th birthday celebration at Oslo Opera House on May 31, 2012 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

A trusted Norwegian government child health expert convicted for downloading child pornography has been allowed to keep custody of his children while many other families in Norway are separated for highly discretionary reasons.

BBC aired a program last Saturday that extensively reviewed the cases of two Norwegian mothers whose children have been taken away thanks in part to questionable recommendations from a now “disgraced” child psychiatrist who admitted to a court in April that he downloaded heinous child pornography for over 20 years.

As part of BBC’s “Our World” series, journalist Tim Whewell traveled to Norway to speak with the mothers about their cases. Whewell also spoke with health experts with immense knowledge of Norway’s child services system, which has been scrutinized by critics globally for being too quick to remove children from their parents and putting them in foster care.

The Christian Post has previously reported on several families who have had their children removed from the home by Norway’s controversial child protection services after questionable recommendations from health experts. Such reasons have included spankings (banned in Norway), unproven allegations of sexual abuse, withdrawing children out of school in order to homeschool or minor weight issues.

The two mothers highlighted in the documentary — Inez and Cecilie — have both suffered from extreme emotional turmoil of having their children separated from them for years.

Both were shocked by the quick abrasive action that the government took against their families, actions that were recommended by the disgraced psychiatrist who at the same time was going home to download images and video of abused children.

BBC chose not to reveal the name of the psychiatrist in question. However, a source noted in the documentary that the psychiatrist revealed in court that he was downloading porn that mostly featured 10- to 14-year-old kids. Some of the porn the psychiatrist downloaded featured babies, the source added.

“There was young boys having oral sex on each other and on grown-up men,” family rights campaigner Rune Fardal told BBC. “There was rape. There was disabled children. Every fantasy you can think of in a bad way was explained there.

In all, the psychiatrist had downloaded over 200,000 illegal images and over 4,000 hours of illegal video.

According to BBC, the psychiatrist served on Norway’s supervisory Child Expert Commission and has played a hands-on role in ensuring the removal of children that he and others on the commission deemed to be in danger living in their parents’ home.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith