- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s doctor licensing board has suspended the license of a University of North Dakota medical department chairman who’s facing a child pornography crime.

Fifty-five-year-old Dr. Robert Beattie has a right to a hearing on the action Tuesday by the state Board of Medical Examiners.

Beattie is chairman of UND’s Family and Community Medicine Department. He’s accused of possessing hundreds of videos and images of child porn on a thumb drive seized from his office computer. He could face up to 50 years in prison if convicted.

Defense attorney Peter Welte has said his client isn’t commenting publically.

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