Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 20, 2012

Feds to fight bail for pediatrician facing child porn charges

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While Keller spent 19 years as the medical director for a health center that is open 24 hours a day to both day students and those who live in the dorms, his career at Phillips was not without its issues. In the spring of 2011 he was told his contract would not be renewed for the 2012-13 school year.

While the school's contracts run through August, Keller resigned that month, April 2011.

A statement from new head of school John Palfrey, who never worked with Keller, reads as follows: "The reasons for the school’s decision not to renew his appointment involved professional misconduct unrelated to the charges Dr. Keller faces from the US Attorney’s office... In 1999, Dr. Keller was reprimanded for using an academy computer to access pornography involving adult subjects. In 2002, Dr. Keller was reprimanded for showing an inappropriate cartoon to students. Dr. Keller was also cited for poor management and poor judgment, which led the school to place him on administrative probation in 2009. In 2010, Dr. Keller sent an inappropriate voice-mail message to a colleague at the school. Dr. Keller subsequently claimed that the school had discriminated against him. The school investigated Dr. Keller’s claim and determined it to be groundless. Upon conclusion of that investigation, the school informed Dr. Keller that his contract would not be renewed for violating his administrative probation."

EARLY MORNING RAID

For about a year, Keller has been living at Cyr Circle with a longtime female companion, a Phillips Academy teacher of Japanese, and the couple have a son who is about 1, according to several people who know them. She was in court when Keller entered his not guilty.

Federal agents arrived at Keller's home at 7 a.m. last Thursday, Sept. 13.

"They were there until 11 p.m. They were going through the house," said neighbor Mary Carbone. "Since '76 I've been living there. I never thought – well, nothing ever has happened like that."

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