ST. LOUIS ( - A doctor who lives in Sunset Hills has pleaded guilty to charges for allegedly producing child porn with a 16-year-old girl from Kentucky.

According to court documents, SSM doctor Ashu Joshi, 47, is accused of going to Kentucky and taking the teen back to Missouri for “immoral purposes.”

He met the teen through her mother who was a former patient of the doctor's in Kentucky.

In October 2018, a St. Louis County Police Officer received four cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The tips were sent first to the Bowling Green, Kentucky Police Department.
According to cyber tips, between August and September 2018, a Facebook account linked to the doctor uploaded and sent several pictures containing child pornography.

He is also accused of directing her to produce pornographic images of herself, which she then sent to Joshi’s phone.

The two were also in a relationship, authorities say.

The Kentucky medical board issued an emergency revocation of his license in the state on January 7, 2019.

The charge of distribution of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine of no more than $250,000.
Joshi will be sentenced on October 7, 2020.

SSM later released the following statement:

We are shocked to learn of these allegations. SSM Health holds the health and safety of our patients as our top priority and we take matters like this very seriously. However, due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further. SSM Health will continue to cooperate with the authorities and do everything we can to ensure our patients receive high quality, exceptional care.

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