Pierce County physician on probation for viewing child porn on work laptop

Staff writerMarch 26, 2014 

A Pierce County physician was placed on probation for five years after viewing child pornography on a work laptop, according to the state Department of Health.

David Davidson, 61, was also fined $2,000. He has been licensed since 1998 and practices radiology.

The state said he has little to no contact with patients and must have a chaperone if interacting with patients.

In 2012, Davidson was charged with two counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He pleaded guilty later that year to one count of second-degree computer trespassing.

Davidson was given a take-home laptop and used it to view child pornography, according to records. The images were discovered after Davidson asked his IT department to check the laptop because it was slow. His employer called police.

He is also barred from interpreting certain types of angiography due to an error he made in 2007, according to the state. Davidson found no sign of an aneurysm in a patient who later died of a ruptured aneurysm.

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