Redwood City police received a tip from the San Jose Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit, which monitors the illegal exchange of electronic images and activity involving children. The tip involved a possible sex crime against a girl in Redwood City, police said.
Redwood City police's Street Crimes Suppression Team conducted a lengthy investigation, which included monitoring electronic media communications and personal photographs of a pornographic nature allegedly sent by O'Connor. The investigation revealed that a man attempted to lure a girl to a specific location with the intent to engage in sexual activity. When he arrived at the arranged location, police arrested him without incident, according to a press release.
A search warrant was served at O'Connor's residence after his arrest. Police seized electronic devices as part of the investigation and are seeking to identify additional victims, with assistance from the San Jose police Internet Crimes Against Children unit, Hillsborough Police Department Investigations Bureau and the San Mateo County District Attorney's Inspector's unit.
O'Connor is listed as a pediatric critical care physician and instructor, according to his Stanford profile, which has since been taken offline.
In an email statement, Stanford Health Care said: "Upon learning of Dr. O'Connor's arrest, Stanford immediately placed him on unpaid administrative leave and relieved him of all duties. These are serious criminal charges, which we understand are still under investigation by law enforcement, so we are unable to comment further at this time."
Redwood City police are asking for anyone with additional information that could aid the investigation or other victims who may have had a similar contact with O'Connor to contact Sgt. Nick Perna at 650-780-7672. Those who want to remain anonymous can provide information through Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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