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Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Lawyers wait for forensic scans of computer in federal child porn case against Stephen Jenson

By Kyle Feldscher

The federal court case that will decide the future of former University of Michigan resident physician Stephen Jenson may be on hold for months as attorneys wait for forensic scans on his computer.

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Stephen Jenson

Raymond Cassar, Jenson’s attorney, said Wednesday the official reason for the adjournment of the case Tuesday afternoon is that he is in plea negotiations with United States attorneys. However, Cassar said the case can’t move forward until both sides have the results of the forensic scan being done on the laptop.

There is no active plea offer on the case and discussions are ongoing, Cassar said.

“Dr. Jenson is presumed innocent,” he said. “He is presumed innocent and while this case is pending he remains presumed innocent.

“We are gonna fight for him,” he added.

Jenson is scheduled to be back in U.S. District Court in Detroit at 1 p.m. on June 26 to face a preliminary exam on one charge each of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years in federal prison for the possession of child pornography charge.

Cassar said the forensic scan on Jenson’s computer could take months. He said that piece of evidence will be a major factor in where the case ends up.

Despite the pending federal charges, Jenson’s medical license remains valid and untainted, according to state records.

The state of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website showed Jenson’s medical license is still valid until its expiration date on June 30. There are no formal complaints listed against Jenson and no disciplinary action has been taken, records show.

Hospital security officials were notified that Jenson had allegedly left a thumb drive in a laptop containing child pornography that had been found by a hospital employee in May 2011. It was six months before the report was forwarded to the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety.

At least eight people knew about the report in June 2011, according to records.

Jenson was originally arrested and charged in Washtenaw County on four counts of possessing child sexually abusive material, but those charges were dropped in February when the federal charges were filed.

An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court stated 97 images and four videos of child pornography weren found on Jenson’s computer.

The delay between the alleged child pornography being found and the start of the police investigation has been, and continues to be, the subject of a number of university reviews.

The University of Michigan launched an internal review that culminated in a report that was released in February. An external review ordered by the university’s Board of Regents is ongoing, as is a review by the U.S. Department of Education.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Thu, May 17, 2012 : 4:13 p.m.

The reason he did not erase his computer or get a new one was because he didn't think about the electronic trail that he left. He may have done this many times before without getting caught. If he did think about it, he certainly thought he got away with it after months passed. You are correct in stating how can he be a doctor and yet be so stupid. Some people are only smart enough in their own field of expertise and clueless in everything else.

Eugene Daneshvar

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 12:09 p.m.

I don't understand how some crimes and non-reporting of them are handled for differently. What are the principles that have to be involved for an external review? The external review here was requested because a federal law was broken right? My case involving Intellectual Property theft, government contract fraud, and retaliation for reporting it is ignored by and is not being taken seriously by the University. There were federal laws broken here as well.

Silly Sally

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 11:23 a.m.

I'm still amazed at Dr. Jenson's actions. Besides using/watching child porn (if he is guilty) 1) Bringing it to work 2) after leaving it in a computer overnight, and it is still there the next day, logging on to the PC, thus leaving an electronic trail back to him. 3) then, not at home, removing every shred of porn, or at least kiddie porn, erasing that on his hard drive and such. Even better is to get a new pc or at least a new hard drive. How can someone be smart enough to be a medical doctor and yet so stupid? Oh, so silly. Be glad he was caught. but what a sad chapter for a person's life. Porn is so distructive for all involved. It ruins soceity. On another note. While the search warrant is for porn, I suspect, they took his whole PC to search.

Basic Bob

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 10:46 a.m.

Lots of people knew about this and someone decided they should not tell the U-M police. Who is responsible?