|KGO Host Indicted on Child Porn Charges
December 6, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO — Longtime Bay Area talk show host Bernie Ward has been indicted on two federal Internet child pornography charges. In a brief court appearence Thursday morning he pleaded not guilty.
Ward, a self described progressive and former Catholic priest, hosts the weeknight Bernie Ward Show and the Sunday morning Godtalk show on KGO Radio.
Ward's criminal attorney, Doran Weinberg, told KCBS that Ward was researching child pornography for a book three years ago. He said Ward's actions caught the attention of federal authorities then, but charges weren't filed until now.
"Even though their investigation has not uncovered any hint of involvement in child pornography by Bernie other than the accessing of these few images, they've none the less decided to proceed on the argument that he violated the law, whatever his purpose was," said Weinberg.
KGO operations director Jack Swanson released a short statement saying the station was surprised and concerned about the charges against Ward, and that a substitute will be hosting his programs until further notice.
Ward, 56, lives in San Francisco. He is married and has four children. He has been a full-time talk show host at KGO since 1992.
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