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Former doctor sentenced to jail work-release for having child pornography

Updated: February 9, 2013 6:16AM

A former suburban doctor who admitted having child pornography on a home computer was sentenced Monday to 60 days of jail work-release and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Hugo Alvarez, 47, was arrested in November 2011 after workers at a Westmont computer store called police when they discovered images of child pornography on a hard drive Alvarez had brought to the business.

Forensic tests of the hard drive and other computer equipment taken from Alvarez’s Willow Springs home turned up “thousands” of images of child pornography, DuPage County prosecutor Diane Michalak said Monday.

At the time of his arrest, Alvarez was a doctor practicing internal medicine at several suburban hospitals, authorities said.

He pleaded guilty last October to a felony count of aggravated possession of child pornography.

As part of the sentence imposed Monday, he also was ordered by Judge George Bakalis to serve two years of sex-offender probation.

Alvarez had faced a maximum seven-year prison sentence for that offense but his attorney argued for sentence of probation and jail time.

“He’s lost a lot; his marriage, his citizenship, his medical license,” defense attorney Tim Martin said of Alvarez during his sentencing.

Alvarez, an immigrant from Peru, was a permanent resident of the U.S. but his criminal conviction could affect that status and possibly result in him being deported, officials said.

His medical license has been indefinitely suspended since shortly after his arrest and now could be permanently revoked.

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