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Police say they found child porn at pediatrician's home

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Police report they found child pornography at the home of a Hershey doctor who treats kids. He's not been arrested, but we're told charges are likely.

An online undercover operation led state police to Dr. David Scanlan's Harrisburg apartment. They said they found illegal pictures and videos on his computers and hard drives, and they're still looking through files. For now, Scanlan is off the job.

Scanlan, 35, is reportedly a physician in training at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. As a pediatric hematology oncology fellow, Scanlan helps care for kids with cancer and blood diseases.

Thursday, state police searched Scanlan's apartment on the 400 block of Walnut Street in Harrisburg, and indicated they took two laptops and seven external hard drives.

"We recovered a lot of child pornography images," Pa. State Police Public Information Officer Tom Pinkerton said. "When I say a lot, we're talking a very substantial amount."

In May, computer crimes detectives were investigating internet sharing of child pornography.

"We definitely need it because there are definitely people out there who prey on children," Pinkerton said.

Online, police found a video that showed a 10-year-old girl engaging in sex acts with an adult. That movie, investigators alleged in their application for a search warrant, came from Scanlan's computer. abc27 News went to the doctor's apartment to speak with him Friday, but no one answered.

Police don't believe Scanlan had inappropriate contact with young people he would have been around.

"There's always that concern that it might have escalated to where somebody had personal contact with a pre-pubescent teen," Pinkerton said. "However, we don't have any information right now to suggest that's the case."

"Upon learning of the search warrant, the Medical Center placed the physician-trainee on administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation," Penn State Hershey Medical Center said in a written news release. "Physician trainees at the Medical Center practice under the direct supervision of employed faculty physicians. Penn State Hershey Medical Center is conducting a full review."

abc27 news called Scanlan's office. A worker there said he was on vacation.

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