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Doctor accused of impregnating teen he planned to marry

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A Missouri doctor facing child pornography charges is accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl whom he planned to wed, according to court records.

Dr. Ashu Joshi, who works at St. Louis University Hospital, pleaded not guilty to charges of production and receipt of child pornography and transportation of a minor across state lines for sex, the St. Louis Dispatch reported.

Details of the 46-year-old doctor’s alleged relationship with the Kentucky teen were made public last week after he was released from jail on bail.

Prosecutors allege that Joshi began a relationship with the teen girl after treating her mother as a patient.

The teen initially wanted to discuss becoming a doctor with him, according to officials, but later became his babysitter.

The girl’s mother told officials that she knew her daughter was “dating” Joshi, but didn’t approve of them having a sexual relationship.

The alleged relationship became known to authorities after the pair exchanged images containing child porn on Facebook, the St. Louis Dispatch reported. They allegedly traded hundreds of photos and videos, some of which showed the pair naked together, according to officials.

Investigators said Joshi asked the girl to marry him and she admitted to officers that he was the father of her unborn child.

Credit: NY Post

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