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No prison time for anesthesiologist in child porn case

MISSOULA – A Montana anesthesiologist has been given a deferred sentence after pleading guilty to possessing videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.

The Missoulian reported District Judge Karen Townsend said she gave 37-year-old Douglas Buxton the chance to have the conviction removed from his record because he has voluntarily participated in treatment and because she wanted him to have a chance to keep his medical license.

Townsend ordered Buxton to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years.

Missoula County prosecutors had sought a sentence of 10 years with the Department of Corrections with seven suspended.

Psychologist Michael Scolatti, who evaluated Buxton, said Wednesday that Buxton is being monitored by the Montana Professional Assistance Program. MPAP helps physicians address addiction and other issues that might affect their ability to practice.



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