Long-time KGO Radio host Bernie Ward has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. He appeared in Federal Court in San Francisco this afternoon, on two counts of receiving and transmitting child porn. Ward’s attorney, Doron Weinberg, tells the I-Team the charges relate to Ward’s book project from several years ago. According to Weinberg, Ward was exploring “hypocrisy in America”, and decided to look at child porn – how it’s acquired and hidden from society. As part of the research for the book, Weinberg says Ward acquired several images of child porn from websites, and “he exchanged them with adults who do the same thing.”
In December of 2004, FBI agents raided Ward’s home and confiscated his computer. Weinberg says Ward has spent the last several years trying to convince the federal government that the research “was not being done to exploit children. … He was exploring the subculture. It was done for what seemed to be a good purpose.”
Weinberg says Ward has not accessed child porn in the three years since the FBI raid, that the federal case is based only on what happened in 2004. The federal indictment is sealed at this point -- Weinberg says it should be unsealed next week, and he declined to provide a copy to the I-Team.
By the way, Weinberg says Ward never finished the book, that the FBI raid killed the project.