City doctor facing child porn charges
A Health Sciences North doctor facing nine child pornography charges will return to bail court Friday at the Sudbury Courthouse for a possible bail hearing.
Greater Sudbury Police charged Dr. Ian MacDonald, 48, on Wednesday with seven counts of accessing child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.
He made a brief appearance in bail court Thursday afternoon.
Lawyer Terry Waltenbury told the court that issues about a possible surety being lined up to secure MacDonald’s release had arisen and asked for the case to be adjourned to Friday morning.
“Things didn’t fall into place today,” he said.
MacDonald, who is of slight build, clean shaven, wears glasses and has short brown hair, did not show any emotion during his appearance.
Justice of the Peace Gary McMahon did approve a Crown request that MacDonald, while in custody, have no contact with four individuals.
On late Thursday afternoon, Health Sciences North issued a statement about the matter.
“HSN has suspended the privileges of a physician to practise at HSN until completion of legal proceedings. We cannot make any additional comments on this matter so as to not compromise those proceedings,” it read.
According to Greater Sudbury Police, Health Sciences North staff alerted officers about activity on a hospital computer that concerned them.
Members of the service’s Internet Child Exploitation and Computer Forensic Units began an investigation as it was suspected child pornography was being accessed and stored on the computer.
Search warrants were then executed at various locations and a forensic examination was conducted on the computer seized from Health Sciences North.
Investigators confirmed that child pornography had been accessed and located the computer.