FARMINGTON — A former Bountiful OB-GYN has agreed to a plea deal that has resolved the remaining state case against him.
Nathan Clark Ward, 57, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
In return for Ward’s plea, the other four felony charges against him were dropped. On Jan. 23, six other felony charges were dropped against Ward as well.
The brief hearing took place Thursday afternoon in Farmington’s 2nd District Court, and Ward was present for the hearing alongside his counsel.
He was first arrested on July 19, 2017, following an eight-month investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. In his state charges, Ward was accused of having sexual contact with at least one minor female on several occasions between 2012 and 2015, according to a probable cause statement.
After posting bail, Ward was again booked into the Davis County Jail again Aug. 4, 2017, in connection with the additional state charges. Ward was indicted federally a month later on Sept. 13, 2017.
The federal charges filed against Ward allege that he 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.
Ward entered into a plea agreement resolving his federal charges on March 20, 2018. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of children, and was later sentenced to serve over 21 years in federal prison and ordered to be under supervised release for the rest of his life.
Ward is a former OB-GYN that had been practicing for more than 25 years. His employment was suspended from Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful following his first arrest.
Ward is being held at the Davis County Jail as he awaits to be sentenced on the state charge. His next court appearance will be for his sentencing, which is scheduled to take place on Feb. 13 in Farmington’s 2nd District Court.