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September 14, 2012

Pediatrician accused of receiving child porn charges

Dr. Richard Keller was former Phillips Academy medical director

ANDOVER — Federal agents raided the home of an Andover pediatrician yesterday morning finding more than 500 photographs and as many as 100 DVDs containing child pornography, authorities said.

Dr. Richard Keller, 56, of 10 Cyr Circle, who works as a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School, was arrested during the raid and was charged with receipt of child pornography.

He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in federal court in Boston, and was ordered held until a detention hearing on Monday. A prosecutor alleged Keller has been involved in dedicated sexual interest in children for several decades.

Keller was previously the medical director at Phillips Academy for 19 years before stepping down in 2011. A statement from the school yesterday did not indicate why he left.

Investigators searched his split-entry home for nearly two hours yesterday morning as Andover police blocked off the entrance to the neighborhood, according to neighbors.

“During the execution of the search warrant, multiple items of computer media were seized,” an affidavit by U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Kelley read. “Also seized from a bedroom were approximately 500 high-gloss print-outs of child pornography and approximately 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography.”

Many of the lights remained on at home yesterday afternoon, but nobody answered the door.

Keller was immediately place on administrative leave from Children’s Hospital pending the results of the investigation, according to a statement from the hospital.

“We will cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and all other involved regulatory and legal authorities,” the statement read. “No complaints or concerns have been expressed by any patients or family members about the care Dr. Keller provided while he was at Children’s.”

Phillips Academy Head of School John Palfrey sent out a statement saying Keller, a former “faculty member” is no longer employed at the school. “The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority,” he wrote, noting the school is also cooperating with authorities.

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