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Santa Monica Medical Directer Charged with Distributing, Possessing Child Pornography
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By Jorge Casuso
August 1, 2019 -- A prominent Santa Monica medical director has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Guido Germano, 59, a Santa Monica resident who is director of artificial intelligence medicine at Cedars-Sinai hospital, was arrested on June 19 and released on bond, the DA said. The case was filed on July 23.
Germano is accused of "distributing child pornography videos using peer-to-peer software and downloading them onto his personal computer at his home," according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the Cyber Crime Division.
He will be arraigned Friday on one felony count each of distribution of obscene matter and possession of child or youth pornography, the DA's office said.
If convicted and charged, Germano faces a possible maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison.
Cedars-Sinai confirmed in a statement Thursday that Germano is a hospital employee and said he has been placed on administrative leave.
"Cedars-Sinai does not condone illegal activity of any kind," the hospital's statement said. "We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement investigation stemming from this matter.
Germano's profile appeared to have been removed from the hospital's website Thursday morning.
It had stated that Germano "researches on how to develop software to allow computers to process and analyze 3-D images of the heart in much the same way an experienced human operator would.
"He also studies how to apply artificial intelligence techniques to the measurement of parameters critical to understanding, the state and behavior of the human heart.
Germano is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine.
Germano is the second Santa Monica figure arrested for child pronography in the past year.
Larry Jamieson, the Big Blue Bus' Superintendent of Transit Operations was arrested for possession of child pornography last November ("Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Superintendent Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography," December 5, 2018).
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