Redwood City police said Tuesday they had arrested a 33-year-old pediatrician who worked at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital on suspicion of attempted lewd acts with a minor and sending harmful material to a juvenile.
A biography page for Dr. Dylan O’Connor on the hospital’s website was taken down on Tuesday evening, a short time after police announced his arrest.
Redwood City officials said in a news release that they had received a tip from the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit about a possible sex crime involving a juvenile in their city. While monitoring their suspect, police said that they found he had sent “personal photographs of a pornographic nature.”
Police said their investigation revealed “an adult male was attempting to lure a self-declared underage female to a designated location with the intent to engage in sexual activity with her.” Instead, officers were waiting at the meeting spot February 5, and O’Connor was arrested without incident, according to the press release.
O’Connor’s staff profile page on the Stanford University School of Medicine’s website, separate from the hospital website, listed him as a clinical instructor for pediatric clinical care. The state medical board’s website showed no record of complaints or administrative actions against him.
Julie Greicius, senior director of external communications for Stanford Health Care, said Tuesday evening that the school had placed O’Connor on unpaid leave and relieved him of all duties as soon as it learned of the arrest. “These are serious criminal charges, which we understand are still under investigation by law enforcement, so we are unable to comment further at this time,” she added.
Police said they were searching for anyone with additional information, or any possible additional victims. Those with information can call Redwood City Police Detective Sergeant Nick Perna at (650) 780-7672, or contact Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-(800) 222-8477 if they prefer to remain anonymous.
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Author: Harriet Blair Rowan