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UPDATE: Prosecutors Release Information About Arrest of Former Hudson Valley Pediatrician on Child Porn Charges

Dr. Daniel J. O'Hern was arrested at an apartment in Mashpee, Mass. Tuesday morning, and authorities removed several items from the location.

Dr. Daniel J. O'Hern. Photo credit: Vitals.com
Dr. Daniel J. O'Hern. Photo credit: Vitals.com
Update at 7:58 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014: This story was updated to include the press release from the United States Attorney's Office in Boston.

Dr. Daniel J. O'Hern, who reportedly practiced medicine for a while in the Hudson Valley area of Middletown, NY, was arrested Tuesday morning in Mashpee, Mass. on alleged child pornography charges.

According to WCVB-TV, O'Hern was taken into custody in an apartment at a condominium complex. He is retired and believed to have practiced medicine for 30 years. He is also the author of the book "Common Sense Pediatrics for Parents." 

Cape Cod Times reported that O'Hern was brought out of the apartment in handcuffs at about 11 a.m. Reporter Sean F. Driscoll wrote that O'Hern faces "federal charges of possession and distribution of child pornography," based on information from the United States Attorney's Office in Boston.

Below is the press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

A Mashpee man, who is a semi-retired pediatrician, was arrested this morning, charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. 

Dr. Daniel J. O’Hern, 64, was charged by complaint of possession of child pornography and distribution and attempted distribution of child pornography.          

According to the affidavit, a search was conducted at O’Hern’s home this morning following an investigation into the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs.  During the search, numerous digital devices were seized including computers, hard drives and other media storage devices. According to the affidavit, the preliminary review uncovered numerous images of children being sexually exploited, including pubescent minor females.        

O’Hern appeared before Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings in Boston today for an initial appearance.  He will remain in custody pending his detention hearing on Friday, June 27 at 1:45 p.m. 

Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274. 

If convicted, O’Hern faces up to 20 years on the distribution counts with a minimum mandatory of five years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release and up to 10 years in prison on the possession charge with a lifetime of supervised release.    

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Chief Rodney Collins of the Mashpee Police Department; and Chief Paul MacDonald of the Barnstable Police Department made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit. 

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys Offices and the Criminal Divisions CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov/. 
Fabian Patino June 24, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Where's his mugshot?
Sterling June 24, 2014 at 09:11 PM
funny, wouldn't figure him for a pedophile. just as i wouldn't conclude Bugs Bunny was rabbit. Lock the ---- up and bend him over, then toss the key.

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