DENVER — A Denver-area family medicine doctor has been arrested on accusations he posted child pornography online.
Justin Bowen Neisler, 31, was arrested by the FBI on March 13, according to a news release from United States Attorney Jason Dunn.
Neisler is licensed to practice medicine in Colorado and records list his place of practice as St. Anthony Family Medicine, located on the North Health Campus in Westminster.
Authorities began investigating when the FBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that someone with an internet address matching Neisler’s home address uploaded child porn to the social media site Tumblr in October.
The FBI obtained a warrant to search Neisler’s Denver apartment and seized a number of items on March 13, including computers, hard drives and cameras, according to court documents.
Neisler faces a charge of transportation of child pornography. Officials said they continue to investigate other possible offenses, including production of child porn.
Wendy Forbes, a spokesperson for Centura Health, which operates St. Anthony's, said in a statement that Neisler was fired after his arrest.
"We are deeply disturbed and saddened that one of our former physicians in our Family Residency Program at St. Anthony North Family Medicine 84th Clinic, Dr. Justin Neisler, has been charged with crimes related to transportation of child pornography. Upon learning of his arrest by the FBI, his employment was terminated. We are troubled by these allegations which are in stark contrast to our mission and core values. There is simply no place for any behavior that exploits children in our community, or for any individual that circumvents the systems and processes we have in place to ensure their safety. Since the first notification from the FBI, we have been working with law enforcement, so they can conduct a thorough criminal investigation. Due to the stage of the FBI’s ongoing criminal investigation we have been provided very limited information to date. The health and safety of our patients is our number one priority and we are focused at this time on notifying all patients who may have interacted with this former resident. We have also engaged a third-party to conduct a thorough review of the systems and processes in all our graduate medical education programs. We know there are many questions about law enforcement’s investigation, and therefore refer you to the FBI for any additional questions."
The United States District Court for the District of Colorado ordered Neisler detained while he awaits further legal proceedings.
Denver7 left a voicemail Tuesday afternoon seeking comment from Neisler's attorney, Denver-based Martin Stuart, but has not received a response as of this story's publication.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI are asking for the public’s help in their investigation. Anyone with information on this case can call 303-629-7171 ext. 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.