TMB Suspends Former Baylor Scott & White Doctor Fired After Allegedly Having Child Porn in Desk

The Texas Medical Board on Monday suspended the license of Dr. John Middlemiss Palmer, a former physician at Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple.

Palmer, 55, a pediatric pulmonologist, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography by the Texas Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit.

In a news release Friday, the AG’s office said authorities found images of child pornography on a digital storage device during a search of Palmer’s office. The search followed a discovery that child pornography had been uploaded to an online storage account Palmer used, the release said. Palmer denied involvement. Baylor Scott & White told KCEN-TV that Palmer was suspended the day the system learned of the investigation and has since been fired.

The Dallas Morning News has a few more details, including that a hard drive discovered in a locked drawer of Palmer’s desk contained “‘numerous’ files depicting young children engaging in sex acts,” according to a criminal complaint.

The TMB suspended Palmer without notice. It will hold a hearing “as soon as practicable”—with Palmer getting 10 days notice—unless he chooses to waive it.