A Stanford Cancer Center-affiliated Menlo Park doctor has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Joseph Andrew Mollick, 58, is a hematologist-oncologist who is also affiliated with the Dominican Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, among others. He faces child pornography charges after an image he allegedly uploaded to a Canadian smartphone app was reported by the company.
He reportedly uploaded the image to the Kik smartphone messaging app on August 30, 2019. Kik uses Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology, which immediately scans uploaded images to report suspected child pornography. The company’s law enforcement team alerted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which forwarded the documents to the US Office of Homeland Security Investigations.
An investigator obtained a federal search warrant on August 13, 2020, after linking an Internet provider (IP) address to Mollick. The investigation uncovered more than 2,000 child pornography images and videos and more than 800 child eroticism files via Mollick’s Apple iCloud account, according to the federal complaint. The lawsuit was filed on July 13 and was unsealed by the court Thursday in Northern California U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Mollick appeared in federal court on Friday and was released on $ 50,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.