Former UND medical dept. chairman to plead guilty in child porn case

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A former University of North Dakota medical department chairman says he will plead guilty to child pornography charges. The deal filed Friday in federal court calls for Dr. Robert Beattie to plead guilty to receipt and distribution of child pornography. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a minimum sentence of five years.

Beattie was the chairman of UND's Family and Community Medicine Department. UND placed Beattie on paid administrative leave shortly after he was arrested Aug. 6, after which the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners suspended Beattie's medical license. Authorities say Beattie had hundreds of videos and images of child porn on a thumb drive seized from his office computer.

Defense attorney Peter Welte and UND officials could not be immediately reached.