Bountiful OB-GYN arrested in child porn investigation

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BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4 Utah)-An OB-GYN doctor in Davis County, was booked in jail on charges related to child pornography.

55 year old Nathan Ward was arrested Wednesday night by the Davis County Sheriff on seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to charging documents, the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC) conducted an eight month investigation at the hospital Ward worked at. In Nov 2016, documents say the task force received a CyberTip from Yahoo Inc, of apparent child sexually exploitive images being uploaded from a Yahoo messenger account. The IP address of the user returned to Saint Marks Hospital and Lakeview Hospital.

Sgt. DeeAnn Servey, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said Ward has his own private practice called “Lakeview OB/GYN Clinic” within Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful. Sgt. Servey said Ward has a contract with Lakeview Hospital to perform deliveries for his patients at the Bountiful hospital.  She said he also has contracts with other hospital along the Wasatch front. 

After months of investigating, a total of seven child sexually exploitive images were found. 

Lakeview OB/GYN clinic issued the following statement:

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.

         –Hadley Alvey, spokesperson for Lakeview OB/GYN Clinic

 

Ward was booked into the Davis County jail Wednesday night and was released on a $100,000 bond.  Formal charges are pending.

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