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Pediatric surgeon pleads guilty to possession, distribution of child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Guy Rosenschein, 68, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty in federal court on Oct. 15 to seven counts of distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Rosenschein will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

            According to the plea agreement and other court records, on several occasions in 2016, Rosenschein, who at the time was a pediatric surgeon at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, used a Yahoo! email account to distribute child pornography. On Nov. 8, 2016, during the execution of a search warrant, investigators found Rosenschein in possession of numerous devices containing child pornography. Investigators identified over 19,000 images and 2,000 videos of child pornography in Rosenschein’s possession, of which law enforcement confirmed that 3,000 images and 197 videos depicted previously-identified minor children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

             Under the terms of the plea agreement, Rosenschein faces over 17 years in prison followed by a minimum term of five years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender. Additionally, Rosenschein has agreed to pay $125,000 in restitution, which will be distributed to requesting victims depicted on the material recovered on his seized devices.

             The FBI Albuquerque Field Office and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case with assistance from the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah J. Mease, Holland S. Kastrin and Stephen A. White are prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated October 18, 2021

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 21-202