Children’s nurse accused of distributing indecent images

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A children’s nurse appeared in court on Friday accused of child porn offences.

Belfast man Aaron Ravel, 45, faces four charges connected to “graphic” material allegedly found on his computer.

But it was stressed that none of the images are connected to his work.

Ravel, of Cavehill Road in the city, is charged with making, possessing and distributing indecent photographs of children.

He is further accused of having an extreme pornographic image.

All of the charges relate to discoveries made in October last year.

Ravel is understood to have been suspended from duties since his arrest.

Standing in the dock at Belfast Magistrates’ Court dressed in a dark grey suit, he nodded to confirm he understood the alleged offences.

A detective constable said he could connect the defendant to the charges.

He revealed that investigating officers found a number of encrypted files.

“In the last interview Mr Ravel helped police by providing passwords,” the detective said.

“Within those we have found a large amount of material.”

Seeking time to continue the investigation, he said it would “allow cyber crime to (examine) the material, it’s fairly graphic”.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall was told all of the images recovered were from the internet.

A prosecution lawyer revealed that Ravel is a nurse who works with children.

But in a bid to allay any parental concerns, she added: “There’s no suggestion any of the images relate to anybody he has dealt with.

“It’s all internet-based.”

Defence solicitor Padraig O Muirigh stressed that the accused fully co-operated with police.

Judge Bagnall agreed to adjourn the case for 10 weeks.

Ravel was released on continuing bail to return to court on July 31.