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March 12, 2014

Andover pediatrician sentenced for child pornography charges

BOSTON — The former Medical Director at Phillips Academy in Andover was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Boston to 6 1/2 years in prison for purchasing child pornography.

Dr. Richard Keller, 57, of Andover, also a former Boston Children’s Hospital pediatric endocrinologist, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to five years of supervised release. Upon release, Keller must register as a level 3 sex offender.

In November 2013, Keller pleaded guilty to two counts of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. At the time of his arrest in 2012, Keller was a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital and a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School. Before stepping down in 2011, Keller was the Medical Director at Phillips Academy for 19 years.

“Any crime that preys upon children, the most vulnerable and precious population, is reprehensible,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, “but when the predator is in a position of trust, as Mr. Keller was as a pediatrician, it is particularly disturbing. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work alongside our law enforcement partners to unveil the cloak of anonymity that these defendants seem to think the Internet provides them.”

“The demand that creates the market for child pornography can only be satisfied by sexually abusing more children,” stated Inspector in Charge Shelly Binkowski. “For this reason, the Postal Inspection Service will continue to aggressively identify, target and arrest those who dare prey on our children.”

Keller possessed visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including males between the ages of approximately 7 to 16 years old. In October 2012, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and foreign law enforcement began an investigation into a Toronto company that sold child pornography, specifically movies of nude young minor boys. Foreign law enforcement seized the company’s customer database, which revealed Keller as a customer. Specifically, between July 2009 and January 2011, Keller purchased and ordered videos and images from this company on 19 different occasions. These orders included over 50 separate titles totaling over $2,695 in purchases.

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