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Former JPS physician pleads to child porn possession

The former Chair of Internal Medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth pleaded guilty Thursday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez in Dallas to possessing child pornography.

James Shin, 46, a recent resident of Southlake, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release after pleading to one count of the offense.

Shin, who is also known as Young Jin Shin and James Young-Jin Shin, must also register as a sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 2 before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade.

At the July 10 JPS board meeting, Shin’s resignation was accepted, according to hospital documents.

On or about Sept. 12, 2007, Shin used the Internet to download and possess images and videos of minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The next day, according to court documents, a special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement went to Shin’s Southlake home based on a lead from a cyber-crime unit in Washington, D.C. A forensic examination revealed “numerous images and videos of child pornography, which included visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”

Some images included children who have been identified by other law enforcement agencies nationwide.

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