Child Porn Stash Found in Doctor's Home

HARTFORD, CT -- At least 10 victims have come forward to police after more than 50,000 slides of child pornography were found in a home in West Hartford, Connecticut.

The home once belonged to a prominent doctor who was accused of molesting several children.

Police are now working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to identify the victims in the images.

Police said evidence shows that the slides belonged to Dr. George Reardon, who practiced medicine at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for over 30 years, serving as Chief of Endocrinology.

Reardon died in 1998.

The slides were found when the new owners of Reardon's home began renovating the basement and removing paneling.

Reardon had lived in the home for roughly 20 years.

The family currently living in the home is the second owner since Reardon lived there.

A secret storage area was found filled with slides and video of child pornography.

Police said there were about 50,000 35mm slides.

There were also more than 100 8mm video reels.

Police said these were photos Reardon is believed to have taken.

The also said that the slides date from the 1960s to the 1980s and the youngest child in the photos is estimated to be six years old.

The number of victims depicted appears to be in the hundreds.

Police also said a large number of the neighborhood children were sexually assaulted, and they are concerned that the photos may have been shared with others.

They are looking to identify the victims in order to prosecute anyone possessing these images nationwide.

Police are asking anyone who believes their photo may be in this collection to contact police.

Any information gathered will be kept in strictest confidence, police said.

In 1993, Reardon had his license suspended for alleged sexual misconduct after being accused of sexually assaulting four young patients.

The incidents allegedly occurred from 1956 to 1981, but the patients didn't start coming forward until 1987.

In April 1993 another charge was filed.

According to the state, the allegations all fit a pattern.

In one case, Reardon allegedly showed the child hard-core pornographic photos in the guise of displaying medical photography.

St. Francis supported Reardon, but barred him from practicing.

According to documents, Connecticut officials suspended Reardon's license in July 1993 after allegations of inappropriate contact with at least seven minor children from 1956 to 1989.

Over the next few months Reardon faced a panel of state medical examiners, with his alleged victims testifying.

Reardon resigned in 1993 amid accusations that he took advantage of youngsters in his care while he was a medical student in the 1950s.

The Medical Examining Board ruled in 1995 that they would drop the proceedings in exchange
for the already retired doctor's agreement to never practice medicine again.

No criminal charges were filed.

New York state medical officials revoked Reardon's medical license in 1997 based on the Connecticut situation.