Bountiful OB-GYN pleads guilty to federal child porn charge, faces state charges

Wednesday , March 21, 2018 - 12:14 PM

SALT LAKE CITY — A former OB-GYN doctor from Bountiful pleaded guilty to federal child porn charges Tuesday, March 20. 

Nathan Clark Ward, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children, which carries a mandatory minimum 15-year federal prison sentence, according to a press release from the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office. In return for his plea, two other charges were dropped. 

With his plea, Ward admitted that he used a smartphone to “stream several live videos” from his Bountiful home to a man in Lehi between June 2013 and August 2015. 

The federal charges filed against him Sept. 13 stem from accusations Ward coerced a minor to “engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct,” charging documents say. Ward knowingly sent the content across state lines “by using any means, including the internet,” the court records state.

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In addition to the federal case, Ward faces six second-degree felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, which led to his arrest July 19, 2017, following an eight-month investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. 

After posting bail, Ward was booked into Davis County Jail again Aug. 4, 2017, in connection with new charges: one count of sodomy upon a child, a first-degree felony; one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony; one count of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; and two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. In total, Ward faces 11 felony charges from the state. 

The OB-GYN has been practicing for more than 25 years and was suspended from Lakeview Hospital after his first arrest, the Deseret News reported.

Ward is being held without bail at the Davis County Jail. 

His next court appearance for the state charges is scheduled for March 29 in Farmington.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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