A 37-year-old doctor was arraigned in Attleboro District Court Thursday for allegedly setting up a paid sexual encounter with a 14-year-old boy and possessing child porn, authorities said
Dr. Sujan Kayastha of Dartmouth was charged with possession of child pornography, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor, two counts of electronic enticement of a child for prostitution, and trafficking of a person for sexual servitude, police said.
Bail was set at $75,000, according to the Bristol County district attorney’s office.
If he posts bail, Kayastha has to wear a GPS monitor and remain confined to his home between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. He also must stay away from the alleged victim, have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18, and stay off social media and the Internet, according to the district attorney’s office. Kayastha’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 14.
He was arrested Wednesday and works as a hospitalist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford., Attleboro police said in a statement.
The probe began in December after police learned “a 14-year-old male residing in the City of Attleboro had been sexually assaulted,” and that “the juvenile had received cash in exchange for sexual activity from an adult male, thus being sexually exploited,” the release said.
During the investigation, police learned Kayastha “engaged in lengthy, sexually explicit communications with the juvenile victim. This communication with the victim included the transmission of images of child pornography.”
In addition, police said, “Kayastha then offered drugs, money, and alcohol to the juvenile, and made arrangements to meet with the victim and transport him to a hotel in Seekonk for the purposes of engaging in a sexual encounter.”
Police got a warrant to search Kayastha’s home and went through the residence Wednesday, at which time the doctor was arrested, authorities said.
“Upon being interviewed by investigators, Kayastha made admissions and incriminating statements,” the release said. “Investigators seized multiple mobile communications devices, as well as suspected narcotics related to this investigation. An initial forensic preview of the devices indicated that they did, in fact, belong to Kayastha, and they did contain child pornography. The suspected narcotics will be sent to the crime lab for further analysis and identification.”
In the statement, police called the commercial sexual exploitation of children “a disturbing, growing” trend.
“Therefore, the identification, interdiction, and apprehension of those that are engaged in this behavior is one of the missions assigned to Detective [Joseph] Daday as the Attleboro Police Department Juvenile Detective,” the release said. “His determination and skill in bringing this particular investigation to a successful conclusion is commendable.”
Kayastha graduated from Nepal Medical College in 2006 and was initially licensed to practice in Massachusetts in 2012, according to the online database of the state Board of Registration in Medicine.
The database said Thursday that the board has no record of any “felony or serious misdemeanor convictions” for Kayastha. He’s also never been disciplined by the board, according to the database.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.