Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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November 7, 2013

Former Phillips doctor pleads guilty in child porn case

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According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, information about Keller first surfaced after foreign law enforcement officials seized the customer database of a Toronto company that sold child pornography. The database 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. Those orders included more than 50 separate titles totaling more than $2,695 in purchases.

In addition, more than 500 high-gloss print-outs of child pornography and approximately 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography were seized from Keller’s bedroom. Those materials depicted naked boys between the approximate ages of 10 and 14 engaged in lewd and lascivious displays of their genitalia.

Keller also possessed a DVD containing child pornography, including images and videos depicting naked boys from approximately ages 7 to 16 engaged in sexual activity, including oral and anal sex, as well as sadomasochistic conduct.

Keller did not speak during the court hearing Monday except to answer questions from the judge.

He kept his hands folded under his chin as Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Dawson Belf described the charges against him.

Keller’s lawyer, Max Stern, declined to comment after the hearing. Prosecutors also declined to comment.

In addition to his work as a pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Keller also taught at Harvard Medical School. Keller has surrendered his Massachusetts medical license.

New Hampshire suspended his license to practice medicine in that state.

Keller had only been living in the 10 Cyr Circle house since September 2011, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

He previously resided at 48 Phillips St., which is on the campus of Phillips Academy.

Under the terms of the agreement, Keller’s attorney and federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of between five years, three months and 6 1/2 years.

The press release issued Monday said that Keller faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years in prison, up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the charge of receipt of child pornography; and up to 10 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine on the charge of possession of child pornography.

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