A Nobel Prize-winning scientist was sentenced to up to a year in jail for molesting a 16-year-old boy, one of dozens of children he had brought to live with him from the Pacific islands. Dr. Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, 73, pleaded guilty in Frederick, Md., to two counts of child abuse. The young man, now 24, came from Micronesia in 1987. Gajdusek won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on “slow viruses” that lie dormant before attacking the body. Under a plea bargain, the scientist will serve nine months to a year behind bars. If he had been convicted, he could have received 30 years. The FBI said the case grew out of an investigation of child pornography on the Internet.
Nobelist Jailed for Molesting Boy, 16
From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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12:00 AM, Feb. 20, 1997