BOUNTIFUL, Utah, July 20, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A Bountiful doctor was booked Wednesday on seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after a tip came to local authorities from search engine and email service Yahoo.
Nathan Clark Ward, 55, was booked into the Davis County Jail on the charges, second-degree felonies.
Yahoo sent information regarding images of child pornography being uploaded. An eight-month investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force followed, during which law enforcement authorities were able to gain more information from Yahoo.
The seven images are of children and adults in sexually suggestive poses and/or engaging in sexual activities.
The photos were uploaded to a Yahoo messenger account Ward initially denied was his, but which Utah authorities later learned contained his name, his birthday, his former address in Idaho, photos of family members, and a “selfie.”
The account also had instant messages of a sexually explicit nature, and connections to a Craigslist ad seeking sexual encounters. One message contained a phone number connected to Bountiful’s Lakeview Clinic, where Ward worked on contract as an Ob-Gyn.
Additional emails alluded to Ward having had sex with a 15-year-old girl he allegedly got drunk on vodka, and with a 13-year-old girl, the probable cause statement says.
The statement requested Ward remain incarcerated, without bail, saying, “There is a significant amount of other chats and emails that investigators need to review. Dr. Nathan Ward held a position of trust in the community as an OBGYN, where there is an expectation of safety. He has a high net worth and is a flight risk.”
Ward’s bail was set at $100,000. He bonded out Wednesday evening.
The Lakeview Clinic has removed its biography of Ward, which said he was a staff physician in the Air Force for 13 years, and called him a specialist in women’s healthcare, adding, “Dr. Ward is able to treat high risk pregnancies, infertility and all types of gynecological problems.”