After an investigation that was begun in 2010, Dr. Richard Keller was charged in federal court with one count of receipt of child pornography.
The United States Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, announced Keller, 56, was arrested at his Andover home yesterday. It is alleged he purchased more than 50 DVDs on the Internet; DVDs that depict minor children engaging in sexually explicit activity.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, more than 500 photographs and between 60 and 100 DVDs were recovered in a search of the physician's home.
Keller is a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital and is a pediatric instructor at Harvard Medical School. Until his resignation last year, he was also the medical director at Phillips Academy, a position he held for 19 years.
CNN reports the investigation began after the U.S. Postal Inspection Service became aware a movie production company, located outside of the United States, was selling movies depicting young boys engaging in sexual activity. It is alleged that Keller's email address was discovered in the company's database and that he made 19 transactions for a total of $2,695. It is further alleged Keller had the DVDs sent to his home, a post office box, and the Phillips Academy. U.S. Attorney Michael Yoon is quoted as saying Keller "appeared to have a dedicated sexual interest in children going back several decades."
According to Phillips Academy, the doctor resigned last year when his contract was not going to be renewed and his resignation was not related to the investigation. The school's spokesman, Stephen Porter, was quoted by the Boston Globe as saying, "This is a confidential personnel matter that we have been assured [by the school's human resources department] is not related to the kinds of charges filed against him today."
The Eagle-Tribune reports Boston Children's Hospital issued a statement shortly after Keller's arrest announcing he has been placed on administrative leave and that the hospital will cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and other agencies involved. The children's hospital added, "No complaints or concerns have been expressed by any patient or family members about the care Dr. Keller provided while he was at Children's."
Keller, who is married and has a one-year-old child, was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. If convicted, he faces a minimum five years and up to 20 years in prison. As well, he will be placed under lifetime supervision and could be fined up to $250,000.