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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Talk Host Pinned on Kiddie Porn Charges....BUT his listeners want him back (??)

Talk Show Host Fired Following Child Porn Indictment

POSTED: 4:17 pm PST February 18, 2008
UPDATED: 4:26 pm PST February 18, 2008


OAKDALE, Calif. -- A dominatrix from Oakdale was the main informant in developing child pornography charges against Bay Area talk show host Bernie Ward, investigators said.

Authorities allege that Ward engaged in sex chats with the dominatrix and sent her pictures of children engaged in sexual activity.

A federal grand jury indicted Ward on two counts of possessing and distributing child pornography using the Internet.

After the indictment, KGO 810 AM fired Ward.

Ward hosted a nightly news talk program and a show called "Godtalk" on Sundays.


http://www.kcra.com/print/15336596/detail.html


Bernie Ward has been fired from his job as a talk show host on KGO-AM radio, but his fans are lobbying for his return to the air.

Ward, a former Catholic priest, was yanked from the airwaves soon after his indictment in December by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on two counts of possessing and distributing child pornography using the Internet. His contract with KGO was terminated at the end of the year.

"I'm still hoping they're going to rehire me," said Ward, 56, who has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges. "I just keep hoping people will see that this is about something that happened three years ago and that I had a reason for doing it. I showed some very bad judgment, but I'm hoping that common sense will prevail."

Ward hosted two shows for KGO, including a Sunday morning show called "God Talk." He also served as an investigative reporter who worked on a 10-part series that explored allegations of financial and sexual misconduct by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

He insists the federal charges stem from a few days in 2004 when he looked at and exchanged pornographic images with other adults as part of research for a book on hypocrisy.

His business attorney, Jeannette Boudreau, said there has been an outpouring of public support in favor of Ward's return, including endorsements from some of KGO's advertisers, but others have lobbied against his return.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/23/BAJDUK49R.DTL
(Curiouser and curiouser...)

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