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Consumer Alert: Nurse suspect in child porn case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Child pornography cases are among the most disturbing that postal inspectors investigate. Modern technology is making it much easier for criminals to distribute child porn and more difficult for victims to recover.

Investigators say a registered nurse at a pediatric hospital used his position to abuse at least two boys in his care.

"He befriended this child who had emotional issues and came to have a special bond or friendship with this particular child. The boy, in turn, trusted him so it was easy to take advantage of that," says U.S. Postal Inspector Kathryn Lara.

Postal inspectors discovered the nurse in this case was involved in another crime.

"We found that he had at least four external hard drives filled with child pornography. He had magazines and books that contained images of children in various stages of undress," says Lara.

They say he had a total of four to 5,000 images.

"As technology has evolved, the ability to produce child pornography, trade and distribute child pornography has become so easy for predators," says Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe.

They remain on the internet to the dismay and horror of the victims.

"Anytime someone watches that video of that child, they are continuously being victimized," Lara says. "I have heard from one victim who said it doesn't matter how old she was when it happened, it's like it happened yesterday."

The nurse was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on federal charges of child pornography. Authorities advise parents to always be vigilant. If you're child's behavior changes dramatically or you see signs of bruising find professional help to determine if your son or daughter has been sexually abused.


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