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Ignoble Charges Against Nobel Prize Winner

Fri., April 5, 1996

A Nobel prize winner was arrested Thursday and charged with child sex abuse involving a 15-year-old boy he had brought to the United States from Micronesia, the FBI said.

Dr. Daniel Gajdusek, who was given the Nobel Prize in 1976 for his work on infectious diseases, was charged with child abuse and unnatural perverted sex practices, FBI spokesman Larry Foust said.

The FBI initiated a criminal investigation in November 1995 focusing on the doctor’s relationships with minor children he had brought to the United States from Micronesia and New Guinea, Foust said. More charges may be filed.

The then-15-year-old boy lived with Gajdusek, now 72, at the time of the alleged abuse in the late 1980s and 1990s. The current age of the victim was not available.

The victim prompted the arrest by going to officials with allegations of abuse, Baltimore television station WMAR-TV reported.

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