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(NECN: Ally Donnelly, Boston) - Dr. Richard Keller was in federal court in Boston, his feet shackled. He was the pediatrician charged with receiving child pornography.
Postal inspectors arrested 56-year-old Keller at his Andover home on Thursday morning, and they say that over the last few years, he ordered more than 50 child pornography DVDs off a website featuring young boys in sexual situations.
Keller is a pediatric endocrinologist with Children's Hospital Boston, where he's been since 1985. A hospital spokesman tells NECN the hospital learned of the charges on Thursday morning and put Keller on administrative leave. The hospital says it has received no complaints from patients or families against Keller.
Keller was also the medical director at Phillips Academy in Andover for 19 years before stepping down in 2011. The U.S. attorney's office says Keller had those 50 or so DVDs delivered to his then-home on the Phillips Academy campus, as well as to the Phillips Health Center, where he worked.
Phillips says the safety of its students is a priority and it is cooperating with investigators, but it did not say whether or not it had received any complaints against Keller.
As investigators went through Keller's Andover home on Thursday, prosecutors say they found more than 500 photographs and as many as
100 DVDs; a spokesperson tells NECN they will have to process those to see if any
more charges will follow.
We have also learned that Dr. Keller was affiliated with two overnight boys camps in Massachusetts. When asked if any potential victims had come forward, the U.S. attorney's office would only say it is an ongoing investigation.
If convicted, Keller faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years. He is due back in federal court for a detention hearing on Monday morning.Tags: Child pornography, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital, doctor richard keller, endocrinologist