Detention Hearing Continued for Retired Pediatrician on Child Pornography Charges

A continued detention and preliminary hearing has been set for Mashpee resident and semi-retired New York pediatrician Daniel J. O’Hern, following his arrest last Tuesday, June 24, on child pornography charges.

Dr. O’Hern appeared in federal court for his detention and preliminary hearing on Friday and requested a continuance of the hearing to retain counsel, according to Brandy Donini-Melanson, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office.

A status hearing has been set for Tuesday, July 8, at 3:30 PM to determine whether the defendant was successful in retaining counsel, followed by a continued detention hearing on Thursday, July 10, at 11:30 AM. Dr. O’Hern will remain in the custody of the US Marshal until that time.

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Dr. O’Hern was charged with possession, distribution and attempted distribution of child pornography after a search warrant of his Quashnet Valley Condominium complex home last Tuesday that revealed digital devices containing exploitative images of children. Multiple digital storage devices—such as computers, hard drives, and other media storage devices—and his vehicle were seized by police. Mr. O’Hern’s vehicle may be subject to a search warrant.

Dr. O’Hern practiced pediatrics in New York’s Hudson Valley for 30 years and he is the author of a book, “Common Sense Pediatrics for Parents,” that was published in 2011. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.

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