HR Strange But True!
November 22, 2002
We all know that HR is never dull. But sometimes it can get downright strange...

And this guy graduated from medical school?

Dr. Howard Kantor, a top cardiologist and heart researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently lost his license after downloading child pornography onto his work computer. Lots of it. So much, in fact, that the hospital's computer system nearly ground to a halt, according to the Boston Herald.

The hospital's computer experts noticed "systems performance problems"' that turned out to involve a large number of graphic files being downloaded onto a computer, according to the Herald's account. An investigation into Kantor's shared computer drive found 8,654 files containing 15 gigabytes worth of pornographic material.

Kantor was convicted in July 2001 on one count of possession of child pornography. He was given three years' probation, community service, forced psychiatric treatment and was required to register as a sex offender. Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine accepted a voluntary agreement from Kantor in which he agreed to stop practicing. The latest action - revocation of his license - came last week, following a full probe.

The Herald reports that Kantor's activities were first noted in September 2000, when an officer of the Partners HealthCare Information Systems discovered him downloading what appeared to be child pornography onto his secure account on the shared drive of the MGH computer system.

The newspaper, citing documents provided by the medical board, reported that Kantor's longtime secretary had told MGH security that "she regularly observed Dr. Kantor on the computers in both of his offices and has on multiple occasions observed photos of young nude girls on his computer screens." In fact, she said that whenever he wasn't seeing patients, "he is always on the computer" and that she "knew he had a problem with child pornography."

Source: Boston Herald

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