Ohio pediatric doctor faces child porn charge
Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 06:18

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of Ohio State University's pediatric cancer radiation program resigned Wednesday after a federal criminal complaint charged him with downloading child pornography, including videos and photos.

The complaint says Dr. Christopher Pelloski acknowledged to a member of a Franklin County special investigations unit that he used his home desktop computer and a laptop belonging to Ohio State to download child pornography.

The investigation found evidence that Pelloski "downloaded numerous images and videos depicting minors engaged in explicit sexual activity via the internet," according to the complaint. There's no allegation the images involved any children he worked with.

Pelloski, 39, was director of the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program at Ohio State's James Cancer Hospital, and had limited consulting privileges at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. His Ohio State salary was $402,000 annually, according to OSU records.

Pelloski appeared briefly in federal court Wednesday in shackles to hear the complaint but did not enter a plea.

Magistrate judge Norah McCann King ordered him released but said he must remain at home in suburban Upper Arlington on electronic monitoring, surrender his passport and have no unsupervised contact with children. Pelloski is married and the father of two children, his attorney, Stephen Palmer, said after the hearing.

"I don't think there's any allegation whatsoever that he's ever touched or harmed any children, any children he has treated or any children he's had contact with," Palmer said.

"This is a shock. This is not going to be easy on him," he said. "He's just going to take it one step at a time and do the best he can to deal with the problem."

Ohio State officials said they were "deeply disturbed" to learn of the allegations. The medical center shut off Pelloski's access to all medical center facilities, patient records, email and hospital computer networks when it learned of the investigation. The center is assigning his patients to other radiation oncology experts.

He no longer has consulting privileges at Nationwide Children's Hospital, said spokeswoman Pam Barber.

Pelloski graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 2001, according to the state medical board. His credentials to work at Ohio State were approved in March 2010, the board says.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 

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