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http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686279/Bountiful-doctor-charged-with-sexually-abusing-young-girls.html

FARMINGTON — A longtime, popular doctor in Bountiful was charged Monday with 11 felonies accusing him of sexually abusing children.

Nathan Clark Ward, 55, is charged in 2nd District Court with sodomy on a child, aggravated sex abuse of a child and forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies; plus two counts of forcible sex abuse and six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, all second-degree felonies.
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Ward sexually abused a 13-year-old girl in 2012 in Davis County, according to charging documents.

Between 2012 and 2015 he is also charged with sexually abusing a girl only described in court documents as "a minor female." Ward "occupied a position of special trust to this minor female," the charges state, but prosecutors do not indicate in the court documents if the girl was one of Ward's patients.

The charges also say that "between January and September 2016, (Ward) possessed, viewed, or shared at least six images of child pornography."

Ward was originally arrested July 20 for investigation of child pornography. He was re-arrested Friday afternoon and held in the Davis County Jail on no bail for investigation of sex abuse of a child.

Ward specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He has been in practice for more than 25 years. He was suspended from Lakeview Hospital following his first arrest.

In his original arrest, a probable cause report stated that Ward was being investigated for online conversations in which he allegedly discussed raping young girls, ages 13 and 15 [....]

The investigation into Ward began in November of 2016 when possible sexually exploitative images of children were detected being uploaded at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, the report states.

Over the course of the eight-month investigation, an email address that was created in 2002 in Idaho was allegedly linked to Ward. The investigation found IP addresses associated with that account linked to Lakeview Hospital, an Intermountain Healthcare hospital (possibly LDS Hospital), St. Mark's Hospital and Ward's home, according to the report.

Investigators also found that the email account owner "engaged in several conversations online by instant messenger and email as well as Craigslist ads. The conversations are explicit in nature," deputies wrote.

"The suspect discloses that he has raped a 15-year-old who was drunk on vodka, after her father 'set it up.' The suspect also states he raped a 13-year-old," according to messages from August of 2016, the report states.
 

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July 20, 2018

A popular Bountiful gynecologist "conspired with the devil" when he recorded video of a girl as he removed her clothing and shared the video with another man, the girl's mother said Friday.

"You deserve to be forgotten," the woman told Nathan Clark Ward, 56, moments before a federal judge sentenced him to roughly 22 years in prison.

Ward still faces separate felony child sexual abuse charges in the state court system.

In March, Ward admitted that he streamed video on his cellphone to Robert Edwin Francis, in which he lifted up the shirt of a minor and pulled down her pants between June 2013 and August 2015.

Ward pleaded guilty to production of child pornography in a plea bargain with prosecutors, who agreed to drop two other charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Francis, of Lehi, admitted in November that he requested and received a live video chat depicting a man sexually abusing a child. He was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900025535/bountiful-doctor-sent-to-prison-in-child-porn-case-that-decimated-lives.html

August 2, 2018

Dr. Nathan Clark Ward pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a child Thursday, then promptly withdrew that plea after learning how the judge planned to sentence him.

Now the longtime Bountiful gynecologist accused of sexually abusing a girl in Davis County is headed to trial.

As part of a plea bargain and in exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Ward serve a 15-years-to-life prison term concurrent with a 22-year federal prison sentence he began serving last month from a separate case.

But 2nd District Judge Thomas Kay said the case was too serious for him to follow prosecutors' recommendation.

"I think it's too serious to do this concurrently,” Kay said.

Ward, 56, was ordered last month to serve 262 months in a federal prison in Colorado for streaming video of the same girl as he removed her clothing. On Thursday, moments after he pleaded guilty to a state court charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, Ward's attorney Ed Brass withdrew the plea.
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900026800/bountiful-doctor-admits-abuse-then-quickly-withdraws-plea.html
 

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A Bountiful gynecologist who sexually abused a 13-year-old girl and streamed video of her as he removed her clothing was ordered Tuesday to what could amount to life in prison.

“I don’t think there can be anything more grave" than Dr. Nathan Ward's actions, 2nd District Judge Thomas Kay said Tuesday, adding he views the 57-year-old doctor's crime as worse than taking a life.

Before sentencing Ward to at least 15 years and up to life in prison, Kay said he believes pornography is the reason for Ward's behavior and an increase in sex crime cases over his more than 20 years on the bench.

"The abundance, the access through the internet and everything else, has had more people looking at pornography in our society and acting it out in a later time," Kay said. "Our society has gotten so much coarser and meaner and worse than it was 20 years ago.”

When Ward first admitted to the charge last year, he had a similar explanation. "Unfortunately, I dabbled with pornography a long time ago and it's something that I've tried to kick, and it has led me down a slippery slope to hell," he said in August.
 

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