Phoenix pediatrician accused of distributing child porn

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on September 2, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 10 at 1:38 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix pediatrician is accused of distributing child pornography following an FBI investigation.

Dr. Emilio Luna, 40, of Sun City, was arrested Wednesday after FBI investigators learned that thousands of files of suspected child pornography were shared from his computer in a public peer-to-peer file-sharing system.

Luna works at Desert Valley Pediatrics in Phoenix.

A conviction for distributing child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, a $250,000 fine or both.

"We continue to move aggressively to uncloak the anonymity of child predators on the Internet," said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke in a news release. "Protecting our children from online sexual exploitation remains among the very highest priorities of this office."

In a written statement, Desert Valley Pediatrics said, "Obviously, as pediatricians, we are disgusted by the allegations, which are against every belief that we as pediatricians hold dear.

"Dr. Luna became an employee of our practice only very recently, in January of this year. In the short time he was employed here, there were no indications of any unusual behavior. We are committed to the safety and well-being of our patients (children) and take our responsibilities to protect them very seriously. With that in mind, we have contacted law enforcement to offer our full cooperation with any ongoing investigation."

 

 

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