publication date: Jun. 12, 2015

Pediatrician Charged with Child Porn Possession Resigns from MD Anderson 


A pediatric oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center is facing federal charges of one count of receiving and possessing child pornography.

Dennis Hughes, an associate professor of pediatrics, was arrested at his home June 5 after the Federal Bureau of Investigation found a thumb drive containing 8,200 downloaded files, the majority of which appeared to contain child pornography.

Hughes was arrested at his Pearland, Texas, home last Friday and charged with receipt and possession of child pornography in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Bond was set at $50,000 at a June 10 hearing.

On June 11, the Texas Medical Board suspended his medical license after determining that “his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare.” Hughes then resigned from his job at MD Anderson.

“Dr. Hughes is presumed innocent,” Hughes’s attorney, Neal Davis, said in a statement. “He is charged federally with one count of receiving and possessing child pornography, NOT with making or distributing it. There is no allegation he had any improper contact with his patients or any other minors. He never has had any such improper contact.”

He pled not guilty.

Hughes has worked at MD Anderson for the past 11 years, and his colleagues said they were surprised by the arrest. According to the NIH database, Hughes had three active NCI-funded projects in 2014. All three are … Continue reading 41-23 Pediatrician Charged with Child Porn Possession Resigns from MD Anderson

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