City doc­tor fac­ing child porn charges

The Sudbury Star - - FRONT PAGE - HAROLD CARMICHAEL [email protected]­ Twit­ter: @HaroldCarmichae

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.

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