David F. Wilson, McKay-Dee Hospital Psychiatrist, Ogden, Utah – Child porn charges dismissed

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Standard-Examiner
Child pornography charges dismissed against former McKay-Dee Hospital doctor
By Loretta Park
November 29, 2016

Psychiatrist David Wilson

Psychiatrist David Wilson

OGDEN — A judge has ruled there’s insufficient evidence to prove a former doctor downloaded child pornography on his work computer.

On Nov. 10, Judge Scott M. Hadley dismissed all 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor filed against David Ford Wilson, 45. Wilson was employed at McKay-Dee Hospital before his arrest three years ago.

Upon dismissing the charges, Hadley said prosecutors did not produce “believable evidence.”

Charging documents filed in the case said Intermountain Healthcare security personnel believed the former doctor’s computer was used to download and view child porn. Wilson, who was an osteopathic physician and child psychiatrist, was then terminated from his job, and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing revoked his licenses to practice medicine and prescribe drugs.

He was arrested Sept. 6, 2013, after an investigation involving the Utah Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI.

The judge’s decision to dismiss the charges came after Wilson’s attorneys, Tara Isaacson and Walter Bugden, filed motions claiming the investigation couldn’t prove Wilson viewed child pornography on the computer.

At an evidentiary hearing that began June 3 and continued Sept. 2, computer experts’ testimony explained how accusations against Wilson arose and why he couldn’t be directly linked to the child pornography in question.

Carl Horne, Intermountain Healthcare’s internet architect, told the court part of this job is checking the company’s computer logs — including “proxy logs” — each night to see what employees viewed on their devices. In early 2013, he said the security system flagged a child porn site and showed a user named “dfwilson” accessed it.

Tami Loehrs, a computer forensic expert from Arizona, testified on behalf of the defense during the hearing. She said a proxy server showing someone went to a website doesn’t necessarily mean he or she actually visited the site. She said a more reliable way to know if a person viewed certain images is if he or she searched for them, downloaded them, or saved them in a file and viewed them again.

Loehrs testified images found on Wilson’s computer weren’t saved and said it’s possible for a person to have an image stored on a computer without ever seeing it.