Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 20, 2012

Feds to fight bail for pediatrician facing child porn charges

An Andover pediatrician charged with receiving child pornography is expected to learn tomorrow, Friday, if he will remain behind bars while he awaits an indictment.

Richard Keller, 56, of 10 Cyr Circle, was arrested last Thursday after federal agents raided his home and removed from a bedroom more than 500 high-gloss photos and at least 60 to 100 DVDs of child pornography, as well as computers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Keller has been working as a pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children's Hospital, as a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School, and at two overnight camps. He moved to Cyr Circle last year, after spending 19 years on the Phillips Academy campus as medical director of the Andover private school's student health center. Phillips Academy said it did not renew his contract in 2011, following several reprimands for inappropriate behavior dating back to 1999.

He lived in Phillips Academy housing during those 19 years, but not with students, said Tracy Sweet, director of academy communications. Sweet said the school had no knowledge of Keller's alleged involvement with child pornography, and are aware of no complaints about him.

Friday, Keller will face a detention hearing.

"The government has told the court that we intend to seek detention. He is considered a danger," said Christina DiIorio-Sterling, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney. "Essentially, the prosecutor told the court this was a behavior he exhibited for decades."

If Keller contests being held in prison while he awaits an indictment that could take up to 30 days, the government will offer evidence in open court it believes proves Keller is a danger to society, said DiIorio-Sterling.

CRIMINAL COMPLAINT

Law enforcement agents became aware of Keller while investigating a movie production company located outside the United States that operates a website selling DVDs and streaming videos, most of which '"feature young minor boys," according to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint against Keller. After reviewing records in the company's database, officials saw that Keller had made 19 orders between July 2009 and January 2011.

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