Feds: Pediatric doctor charged with receiving child porn

Story highlights

  • Federal prosecutors file case against Boston physician
  • They allege he received child pornography
  • Hearing set for Monday

A Boston Children's Hospital pediatric doctor was charged Thursday with receipt of child pornography, federal prosecutors said.

Richard Keller, 56, of Andover, also is a pediatrics clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and was the medical director at boarding school Philips Academy for 19 years, according to the US. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts.

Keller's attorney, Page Kelley, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Keller's name came to the attention of authorities after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service began a 2010 investigation into a movie production company that sold films featuring minor boys, according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators conducted a review of the company's customer database and located alleged customer Richard Keller, who had two addresses listed, authorities said.

I don't own my child's body

Investigators determined that Keller allegedly had, on multiple occasions, purchased child pornography from the company's website, according to the complaint.

    Receipts and purchase summaries that were found during the investigation showed that the doctor allegedly made 19 online transactions totaling $2,695, prosecutors allege. Some of the pornographic material was sent to Phillips Academy's student medical center, according to the complaint.

    Authorities searched Keller's residence Thursday and seized approximately 500 high-gloss printouts of child pornography and between 60 to 100 DVDs containing films of minors engaged in explicit sexual conduct, according to the complaint.

    Keller was present during the search.

    A statement released by Boston Children's Hospital says that there have been no complaints by patients or family members concerning Keller's medical services.

    He is on administrative leave from both the hospital and from Harvard Medical School pending the results of the investigation, according to statements released by both institutions. Phillips Academy did not return calls made by CNN.

    If convicted, Keller faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Keller requested a detention and probable cause hearing, which was scheduled for Monday.

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