Former Nurse, Previously Convicted for Child Porn Offenses in BV County, Sentenced to Prison

A former MercyOne nurse who was convicted decades ago for possessing child pornography in Buena Vista County was sentenced last week in Sioux City Federal Court to serve over ten years in prison on multiple charges.

67-year-old Douglas Kelley was sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography and Conspiracy to Acquire Controlled Substances by Fraud.

Evidence established that Kelley knowingly conspired with two co-defendants to obtain and acquire fentanyl by means of misrepresentation and fraud. The trio used Kelley’s position as a nurse at MercyOne Hospital in Sioux City to obtain fentanyl and other controlled substances for personal use and to illegally distribute to others. During the investigation, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Kelley’s cell phone and recovered six videos and 20 images of child pornography.

Kelley had previously been convicted of offenses related to possession of child pornography in Buena Vista County in 1993.

The most recent case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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