Bountiful doctor arrested for child porn

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BOUNTIFUL,Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A baby doctor is accused of downloading child pornography. And according a probable cause statement filed with the Davis County Jail, Dr. Nathan Ward may have raped a 13 and 15-year-old.

“He made statements that were not appropriate and it caused us great concern for public safety,” said Sgt. DeeAnn Servey with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

Last year, investigators received a cyber tip from Yahoo of possible child pornography being downloaded from two IP addresses originating at St. Marks Hospital in Salt Lake City and Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful.
According to a probable cause statement Dr. Ward became a suspect.  He was credentialed to make deliveries at both hospitals according to police.

When police interviewed Dr. Ward at Lakeview Hospital, they said he denied knowing anything about the child images.  He told police the images could belong to someone in his family.  But police went to his home and got permission from the other family member to inspect that computer.  A forensics review eliminated that person according to the probable cause statement.

After Yahoo complied with a court ordered search warrant and disclosed an account associated with cl***@yahoo.com.  The person had the same date of birth as Dr. Ward according to police.  Investigators also learned the IP address was from Idaho which matched Dr. Ward’s address.

Yahoo provided 37 images found in the account.  Of those, 7 appeared to be associated with child pornography.  “Other images were of family members, voyeuristic photos of underage females and a selfe,” according to the probable cause statement.

Dr. Ward allegedly messaged others in dark web chat room telling one person that he’s “a professional with a PhD and have no problem leaving (expletive) inside of you.”

“The information that he relayed during the messaging on the internet also led to the evidence that made us confidence that it was Mr. Ward,” said Sgt. Servey.

Wednesday, police arrested Dr. Ward at his office, the Lakeview OBGYN clinic located next to the Lakeview Hospital.

He was booked into the Davis County jail on seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
A spokesman for the Mountain star Medical Group issued a statement on behalf of the Lakeview OB/GYN clinic:

“Our primary focus at this point is to ensure that dr. ward’s patients get the care they need, and our staff is diligently working to make that happen. Due to the seriousness of the allegations against Dr. Ward, he has been suspended as a precautionary measure.  We are also assisting law enforcement with their investigation.”

On Good 4 Utah’s Facebook page, those who know Dr. Ward were shocked by the allegations.
Annmarie wrote: “OMG, how devastating. he’s the best ob i’ve ever had…. innocent until proven guilty, but if it’s true of course i want justice. this is so very sad!
Erika wrote:  “he was my obgyn for the birth of my daughter. he was always patient and really good with me.  this is hard to comprehend.”

But there’s more allegations against Dr. Ward that police are concerned about.

According to the probable cause statement Dr. Ward sent a message in the chat room that “he has raped a 15-year old who was drunk on vodka after her father ‘set it up’ …. and raped a 13 year old.”

“We continued with the investigation in hopes of finding the victims and in hope of protecting the public,” said Sgt. Servey. 

Dr. Ward was released from jail after he posted a $100,000 bond.  He has not been officially charged.
 

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