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
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."