Bountiful doctor re-arrested, accused of sex abuse

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BOUNTIFUL — A Bountiful doctor arrested two weeks ago in an investigation involving child pornography was back in the Davis County Jail Friday.

Nathan Clark Ward, 55, of Bountiful, was arrested Friday for investigation of two counts of forcible sexual abuse, forcible sodomy, aggravated sex abuse of a child, and sodomy on a child.

He was being held without bail. The Davis County Sheriff's Office is listed in jail records as the arresting agency.

Friday's arrest comes on the heels of Ward's July 20 arrest when he was booked into jail for investigation of seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. He was arrested by the Davis County Sheriff's Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at that time.

Details about his latest arrest were not immediately available.

Despite the two arrests, no criminal charges have been filed against Ward.

In his original arrest, a probable cause booking report stated that Ward was being investigated for online conversations in which he allegedly discussed raping young girls, ages 13 and 15, and "describes desires to rape females and minors."

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. In addition, IP addresses associated with that account included Lakeview Hospital, an Intermountain Healthcare hospital (possibly LDS Hospital), St. Mark's Hospital and Ward's home, according to the report.

From those locations, authorities found seven images of children being sexually exploited that were uploaded through that account, the report states. Other images uploaded allegedly included "voyeuristic pictures of underage females."

Investigators also found the email account "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.

Ward was suspended from Lakeview Hospital after his first arrest. The sheriff's office reported then that detectives still had a "signficant amount" of other chats and emails they wanted to review.

Ward specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He has been in practice for more than 25 years.


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