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Denver-area doctor indicted on new child porn counts, pleads not guilty

Posted: 3:40 PM, Apr 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-08 17:40:58-04
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DENVER – The Denver-area doctor arrested in March and accused of secretly taping young male patients and posting child pornography to the internet was indicted on eight counts last week by a federal grand jury and pleaded not guilty in the case Monday.

Justin Neisler, 31, faces three counts of production of child pornography, four counts of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the indictment returned last week.

Neisler was arrested on March 13 by federal authorities on one count of posting child pornography online.

Court documents filed after his arrest said the doctor admitted to filming young boys. The newest court filings show there are at least three alleged victims, who are referred to in the documents as Minor #1, Minor #2 and Minor #3.

The alleged crimes happened in Adams, Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties, documents show.

“The defendant, a doctor, admitted to surreptitiously videotaping naked males as young as eleven years old during physical examinations,” court records read. “According to the agent, a review of these videos reflected that the defendant appeared to gain sexual gratification from the examinations.”

Denver7 previously reported that investigators recovered a “spy pen camera instruction manual” and a “black pen,” according to court documents, when they searched his apartment on the day he was arrested.

Court documents unsealed in recent days show that federal investigators recovered one “Fab Quality HD Spy Pen Camera” with a 16 GB memory card during their search, along with a laptop, cell phone, external hard drive and Apple Airport Time Capsule.

Neisler is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and Colorado and records list his place of practice as St. Anthony Family Medicine, located on the North Health Campus in Westminster.

Wendy Forbes, a spokesperson for Centura Health, which operates St. Anthony's, said in a statement in March that Neisler was fired after his arrest. The medical center is working with law enforcement in its investigation, Forbes said, and a third-party is reviewing the processes of its graduate medical education programs.

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 new charges against Neisler show the alleged production of child pornography happened in 2017, 2018 and this year. The transportation all allegedly occurred in the latter half of 2018. And the possession charge came from the day that authorities search Neisler’s apartment and arrested him.

Prosecutors have filed for a protection order to keep the identities of the minor victims secret as the case makes its way through court.

Neisler pleaded not guilty to all eight counts at his arraignment Monday, according to court documents. His trial date was also pushed back so counsel have more time to go through evidence and discovery.

The investigation into Neisler by federal authorities continues. Anyone with information about him or the case is asked to email DenverMD@FBI.gov or call 303-629-7171 x1.