Houston doctor accused of possessing child porn

Robert J. Kolimas, 56, is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography.

June 1, 2012 3:32:07 PM PDT
A local neurologist faces serious charges after taking his computer in for repairs, and it's what police found on that computer that landed him in jail.

Dr. Robert J. Kolimas is in jail on $100,000 bond. He's charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, which was allegedly found on his computer.

He stood in court at 2am Friday where he heard the charges against him.

"The youngest, he thought, child porn photo he sent to someone else over Yahoo Messenger was 10 years of age," said a prosecutor in probable cause court.

Dr. Kolimas is director of the Neurology EMG Laboratory at the VA Medical Center, where he's worked for 31 years. Prosecutors say he took his personal computer to a repair place, but when a technician found more than 40 sexually explicit pictures on his hard drive, he turned Dr. Kolimas in to police.

"How do I go about trying to get my own lawyer?" Dr. Kolimas asked the judge.

In court, the doctor seemed confused, aloof, asking very basic questions, seemingly needing help with a bond and a lawyer. His neighbors in West University are stunned, particularly, they say, with so many children living on their street.

"The ages were really very young. We moved in seven years back when my girls were six, four and two," said one neighbor.

The VA Medical Center says Dr. Kolimas is currently not on duty. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is cooperating fully with this investigation. We're also told authorities have seized Dr. Kolimas' work computer.

Dr. Kolimas is due back in court on July 11.

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