ANN ARBOR, Michigan – A former doctor at the University of Michigan was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison on charges of child exploitation.
Mark Franklin Hoetzel pleaded guilty on September 13 to online temptation of a minor.
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According to a court document, Hoeltzel created a fake social media account and He passed off as a teenager to converse with minor girls throughout the county and persuaded them to produce child pornography.
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Hoeltzel worked as a pediatric rheumatologist in the University of Michigan Hospital and got into trouble for the first time in 2004 after exchanging flirty messages from social media with an 11-year-old girl who had examined at an arthritis camp.
authorities executed a search warrant in December 2017 at the Hoelztel residence, where an 8-gigabyte flash drive containing more than 200 images of child pornography was allegedly found.
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