Dr. Nathan Ward, a Utah gynecologist who has been in practice for 25 years, has been charged with sexually abusing and sodomizing young girls in his care, including victims as young as 13, the Desert News is reporting. He’s also facing multiple counts of child pornography-related charges.
According to a criminal complaint issued this week, Ward, 55, was charged with 11 felonies involving sexual crimes against children in his care. A few weeks earlier, on July 20, Ward had been arrested on child pornography charges. He posted bail on those charges but was rearrested this week on the new charges.
Between 2012 and 2015, according to the documents, he repeatedly sexually abused a young girl in his care, described only as “a minor female.”
“[Ward] occupied a position of special trust to this minor female.”
It appears as if Ward was done in by his inability to keep the details of his alleged crimes to himself.
In November of 2016, authorities began to investigate the computer activity at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah, where Ward worked. Officials detected that images of children being sexually exploited were being uploaded to an email address associated with that hospital. That address belonged to Ward.
Another email address, attached to an IP address in Idaho, was also linked to Ward.