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Scientist Sentenced In Sexual Abuse Of Boy

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Daniel Gajdusek was ordered to serve 1 years in jail Tuesday for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy he brought back from a research trip to Micronesia.

Gajdusek, 73, pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse in February. He began serving his sentence Tuesday in the Frederick County Detention Center. Under a plea agreement, the judge suspended all but 18 months of a 30-year sentence.

Gajdusek won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on so-called slow viruses that lie dormant before attacking the body.


 
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