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Another sick bastard

How many of these pervs walk among us, and why is the statute of limitations on this crime in California only one year?

A doctor at Modoc Medical Center has resigned after he was charged with possession of child pornography involving videotapes of girls undergoing examinations at the hospital. Dr. Owen M. “Sandy” Panner Jr., 57, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Modoc County Superior Court on the single misdemeanor charge of possession of child pornography. The charge was filed in court Friday.

Larry Barnes, Modoc County assistant district attorney, told the Herald and News newspaper in Klamath Falls, Ore., that Panner had videotapes recorded in 2001, when the hospital discovered cameras hidden in two examination rooms. An investigation failed to determine who had hidden the cameras. Barnes said he could not pursue any other charges against Panner because a one-year statute of limitations had expired. Under California law, possession of child pornography is punishable by up to a year in the county jail, he said.

Panner has practiced at the hospital in Alturas for several years. Barnes said he resigned after he was questioned. Panner, contacted by telephone Friday, declined to comment to the newspaper. A man who answered a phone listed for Dr. Owen Panner in Alturas declined to talk to The Associated Press.

Barnes said there were a number of patients who were taped, including both adults and children.

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