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Former Pediatrician Sentenced to 7½ Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Scores of Images of Child Sexual Abuse Material

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of California

LOS ANGELES – A former pediatrician was sentenced today to 90 months in federal prison for possessing child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on dozens of DVDs as well as possessing hundreds of such images on his personal computing devices.

Gary David Goulin, 62, of the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, was sentenced by United States District Judge Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, who also ordered him to pay a $50,000 fine and an additional $22,100 in special assessments. He is required to register as a sex offender and will be placed on supervised release for a period of 15 years once he is released from prison.

Goulin pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

In November 2021, Goulin knowingly possessed four DVDs that contained sexually explicit material involving minors who were under the age of 12 years old. Goulin further admitted in his plea agreement to knowingly possessing an additional 57 DVDs that contained CSAM. The average run time on these DVDs was three hours and 21 minutes.

In August 2021, Goulin used his cellphone to knowingly receive a video of CSAM. In total, Goulin possessed more than 600 images that he knew constituted child pornography, some of which showed children engaging in sadistic or masochistic conduct.

“[Goulin] received and possessed a large collection of child pornography materials – over 204 hours of videos and images,” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum. “At the same time that he possessed these materials, he was entrusted with caring for children as a pediatrician at a hospital.”

Goulin was charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child. That case was dismissed considering the federal charges against Goulin, which a grand jury brought via indictment in October 2022.

In November 2021, the Medical Board of California prohibited Goulin from practicing medicine.

The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department investigated this matter.

Assistant United States Attorney Sarah S. Lee of the General Crimes prosecuted this case.


Ciaran McEvoy
Public Information Officer
(213) 894-4465

Updated December 1, 2023

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 23-264