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September 26, 2013

Plea deal in child porn case in works

Andover pediatrician due back in court next month

A year after his arrest on child pornography charges, former Andover pediatrician Richard Keller is negotiating a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Keller, formerly a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and pediatrics instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover for 19 years, pleaded not guilty last December to two counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography following his indictment on the charges.

In a Sept. 18 status report filed with court documents in the case, both parties acknowledged they “have engaged in plea negotiations over the course of the last several months.”

Keller and the government “have reached an agreement in principle on a plea ... and they jointly request that the case be sent down for a hearing on defendant’s change of plea,” the documents read.

However, the documents caution that some details are “still to be worked out,” according to the report.

A late-October change of plea hearing is being requested with the courts.

Federal prosecutors allege Keller, 57, purchased more than 50 DVDs of child pornography online. During a raid of his Cyr Circle home, authorities found about 500 high-gloss photographs of child pornography and approximately 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography, according to court documents.

Keller voluntarily surrendered his Massachusetts medical license following his arrest in September 2012. His contract with Phillips was not renewed in 2011.

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