Investigators suspect that a child psychiatrist at an Ogden hospital accessed child pornography through his work computer.
David F. Wilson, 42, was charged Monday in 2nd District Court with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Earlier this year, the Intermountain Healthcare information systems security department discovered a computer was being used to access the pornography, according to a Weber County Sheriff’s Office news release. Upon learning it was Wilson’s computer at McKay-Dee Hospital, Intermountain immediately fired him on April 30 and reported the incident to law enforcement and the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, the release adds.
After analyzing the computer hard drive, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office arrested Wilson on Friday. He is currently in jail and is being held on $150,000 bail.
There is no evidence "that indicates any risk to Dr. Wilson‘s patients," according to a statement from the hospital. Wilson began working at McKay-Dee on July 19, 2011.
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing announced Monday that it suspended Wilson’s physician licenses in an emergency hearing held Aug. 27. Authorities discovered hundreds of images depicting child pornography on Wilson’s work computer, a release from the division adds.
"David Wilson was treating vulnerable children all while viewing child pornography on his work computer," Francine Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, said in a statement. "The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing felt his actions posed an immediate threat to public safety so swift action was necessary."
Wilson was also an osteopathic physician. Wilson had been licensed to practice as an osteopathic physician in Utah since Aug. 9, 2011. His ability to practice psychiatry was within the realm of his osteopathic license, said commerce department spokeswoman Jennifer Bolton.
Wilson is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday morning.
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