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Pediatric Doctor Charged With Downloading Child Porn

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Christopher Pelloski, 39, of Upper Arlington, surrendered to law enforcement authorities after a federal complaint was filed, charging him with downloading child pornography. Christopher Pelloski, 39, of Upper Arlington, surrendered to law enforcement authorities after a federal complaint was filed, charging him with downloading child pornography.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -

A doctor specializing in pediatric oncology at OSU's James Cancer Hospital is accused of downloading child pornography.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Pelloski, 39, of Upper Arlington, surrendered to law enforcement authorities after a federal complaint was filed, charging him with downloading child pornography.

Pelloski was the radiation oncologist at the James Cancer Hospital of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, where he also held the title as the Director of the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Program.

OSU officials said Pelloski resigned from his position at the medical center effective July 24, 2013.

The Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at Pelloski's home on July 15, and found evidence indicating that Pelloski had allegedly downloaded sexually explicit videos of children.

Investigators said they will conduct additional forensic analysis of Pelloski's computers.

Investigators said they found more than 120 images of child pornography on a laptop owned by Ohio State. Officials said the investigation began in October 2012 and completed about a week ago.

"I don't think that there's any allegation whatsoever that he's ever touched or harmed any children, any children he's treated, or any children that he had any contact with," said Pelloski's attorney Steve Palmer.

According to the complaint, the allegations were discovered during the investigation into online peer-to-peer file sharing programs.

The complaint charges Pelloski with one count of receipt of child pornography, which is punishable by a sentence ranging from five to 20 years in prison.

He appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance. He was restricted from having unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18. He was also ordered to wear an electronic monitor and surrender his passport.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center issued the following statement Wednesday:

"These types of allegations are wholly inconsistent with our institutional values, and we are deeply disturbed to learn of the allegations against Christopher Pelloski. Upon learning of the investigation, we immediately severed Dr. Pelloski's access to all medical center facilities, patient records, email and hospital computer networks. He has resigned from his position at the medical center, effective July 24, 2013.

"Continuity of care for our patients is important to us. We are contacting each of Dr. Pelloski's active patients and assigning other radiation oncology experts to care for them.

"Since this is a law enforcement matter under active investigation, we are not at liberty to comment further."

According to media relations at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Pelloski was based out of the James Cancer Center, and had limited consulting privileges at Children's, which began March 31, 2010.

Officials said that if Pelloski had seen any pediatric patients, he would have done so at the James.

Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following statement Wednesday:

"As a referring hospital to the Radiation Oncology Program at The Wexner Medical Center we were very saddened to learn of the investigation involving Dr. Christopher Pelloski.  Continuity of care for our patients is top priority and all of those currently undergoing treatment have been assigned to other radiation oncology experts.  Since this is a law enforcement matter and remains under investigation, we are not at liberty to discuss further."

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