Former BCH doctor sentenced for child porn

May 2, 2014
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LMA—Richard Keller, a former Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) doctor, was sentenced to six-and-half years in prison on child pornography charges in March in U.S. District Court, according to a press release.

Keller, a 57-year-old from Andover, will have to register as a Level 3 sex offender and have five years of supervised release after serving his sentence.

“Any crime that preys upon children, the most vulnerable and precious population, is reprehensible, but when the predator is in a position of trust, as Mr. Keller was as a pediatrician, it is particularly disturbing,” said United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz, according to the press release.

Keller was a BCH pediatric endocrinologist and a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School when he was arrested in 2012. He previous served as the medical director for 19 years at Phillips Academy, a private boarding school in Andover.

A search of Keller’s residence by federal agents found      more than 500 high-gloss print-outs of child pornography and approximately 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography.

As part of his plea agreement, Keller admitted that he has had a long-standing sexual interest in adolescents since the early 1970s. Keller also admitted to viewing child pornography online.

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