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Associated Press, Published October 07 2010

South Dakota doctor faces child porn charges

PIERRE, S.D (AP) — A South Dakota doctor is accused of possessing child pornography.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says 74-year-old John Coddington, of Hoven, was arrested in North Dakota on Wednesday. Details of the arrest weren't released.

Coddington could face up to 50 years in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted. He did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press on Thursday seeking comment.

The Aberdeen American News reported that the Hoven hospital and clinic are closing at the end of the month. A person who answered the phone at the hospital told The AP that Administrator Sandy Schlechter is the only one authorized to make comments and that Schlechter is out this week.

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