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March 13, 2014

Doctor sentencedfor buyingchild porn

1 victim wishes worst for Andover resident

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“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.”

Prosecutor Belf described Keller’s offenses as “rather sustained criminal conduct over a period of years,” noting that he bought child pornography videos and photos from a company in Toronto, Canada more than 19 times from 2009 to 2011. Keller’s collection included more than 500 printed images of boys at or approaching pubescence, as well as 60 to 100 DVDs with similar content.

“Considering each of the images as a child, not just a picture, the numbers are staggering. Keller’s collection predominantly included the lewd and lascivious posing of young boys, but also included graphic depictions of boys aged 7 to 16 engaged in sexual acts, including oral and anal sex as well as the sado-masochistic abuse of a boy,” Belf wrote in court papers.

“Keller’s paid more than $2,500 for images depicting the sexual exploitation of children, presenting a terrible economic motive to others for the further victimization of children,” according to Belf’s sentencing memorandum.

For his part, Keller acknowledged he will “bear the burden of self-loathing shame and guilt for this harm until the day I die,” in a four-page apology to the court written on Jan. 21.

“I most deeply apologize for any indirect harm I have caused to any children in the world, as I potentially contributed to a heinous and vile subculture that would try to normalize victimization and exploitation of society’s most vulnerable and defenseless members,” Keller wrote in a Jan. 21 letter to Judge Saylor.

Keller also apologized to all of his patients and their families for “a seed of doubt has been planted that can never be fully uprooted.”

“Although I have lost so much, with my life in ruins, I have gained final liberation from my relentless obsession at last. My chances of recidivism are zero,” Keller wrote.

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