Radio host indicted on child porn charges

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco radio talk show host and former Catholic priest has been indicted on federal child pornography charges.

Bernie Ward, 56, surrendered to federal authorities Thursday, according to Jack Swanson, operations director at KGO-AM 810.

The specifics of the allegations against Ward remain under seal. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco did not immediately return a call.

Ward, who hosts a nightly news talk program on KGO as well as a program called GodTalk on Sundays, is also a frequent voice offering commentary on politics on various national cable network news programs. He produced an award-winning series that explored allegations of financial and sexual misconduct in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, according to the KGO Web site.

Jeanette Boudreau, Ward's business lawyer, said her client was researching a book about the Internet.

"He was doing research," she said. "For him to be charged this way for what probably amounts to a technical violation of the law is a tragedy."

A call to Ward's criminal attorney wasn't immediately returned.

A substitute host would take over Ward's radio shows beginning Thursday, said Swanson, who declined to comment on the case.
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