OGDEN -- The child psychiatrist fired by McKay-Dee Hospital after officials said he admitted to viewing child porn on his office computer made his first appearance in court Tuesday on 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
The charges all relate to investigations that allege David Ford Wilson, 41, was viewing child erotica and images of adults sexually abusing children at a time when he was counseling children.
The charges are all second-degree felonies punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Bail has been set at $150,000.
At Wilson's initial appearance on video arraignment Tuesday morning in 2nd District Court, his lawyer, Kevin Vander Werff, of South Jordan, asked for a reduction of Wilson's bail.
Judge Michael DiReda denied the request when prosecutors objected, according to court records. DiReda said the question could be revisited at a status conference set for Sept. 17 before Judge Scott Hadley.
"These images depicted children approximately 6-12 yo being sexually assaulted by adults," reads a probable cause affidavit filed in court Monday by the Weber County Sheriff's Office with charging documents. It briefly details the results of that agency's joint investigation with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force of the Utah Attorney General's Office.
The state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing moved to suspend Wilson's medical license Aug. 27 before formal charges had been filed.
The division's emergency order on the Aug. 27 action says Wilson admitted to Intermountain Health Care officials that he had been viewing child porn as accused "and stated that he has had a problem with it for years."
The order said IHC security and the ICAC task force found search terms on Wilson's computer that included the words preteen models, little girl models and similar phrases.
Password protection meant the searches were only available to Wilson, according to the order.
Images found on Wilson's computer hard drive, the order said, include hundreds of nude or near-nude young girls, images of websites that appear to be offering videos of young models, and images of magazine covers.
On Tuesday afternoon Weber County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Mark Lowther said when Wilson's story broke Monday, the sheriff's office began receiving calls from concerned parents of Wilson's vulnerable patients, which have been forwarded to investigators.
"At this point there is still nothing to indicate any of his patients were victimized," Lowther said.
Wilson was fired by Intermountain Healthcare in April, a month after Intermountain's security found the child images, officials said. He was arrested by the sheriff's office Friday following the lengthy forensic examination of his computer.
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