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Ohio Pediatric Doc To Plead Guilty To Child Porn

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An Ohio father was arrested and charged with child endangerment after his 8-year-old son skipped out on church to go play in his neighborhood.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

An Ohio father was arrested and charged with child endangerment after his 8-year-old son skipped out on church to go play in his neighborhood. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former director of Ohio State University’s pediatric cancer radiation program has agreed to plead guilty to accessing child pornography, according to filings in federal court Tuesday.

A criminal complaint against Christopher Pelloski last summer said he acknowledged to an investigator that he used his home desktop computer and a laptop belonging to Ohio State to download the pornography, including videos and photos.

Pelloski will plead guilty to one count of accessing digital files intending to view child pornography, documents filed in Columbus federal court indicated. Pelloski accessed the images from March 29 to Aug. 16, a government document says.

Pelloski faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing should a judge accept his plea. No date was set.

There was never any allegation Pelloski had any contact with children, defense attorney Stephen Palmer said Tuesday.

“His decision to take responsibility for what he did, and no more than what he did, was an easy one,” Palmer said. “He wanted to do the right thing.”

The investigation found evidence that Pelloski “downloaded numerous images and videos depicting minors engaged in explicit sexual activity via the Internet,” according to the July 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.

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 assigned his patients to other radiation oncology experts. He no longer has consulting privileges at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Pelloski graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 2001, according to the state medical board. His medical status was listed as inactive Tuesday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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