Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Saturday, December 17, 2011

UMHS medical resident charged with possession of child pornography

University of Michigan Health System house officer Dr. Stephen Jenson was arraigned Saturday on charges of possessing computerized child pornography.

Dr. Jenson is suspended from practicing at U-M, and cannot see patients, access medical records or enter any U-M facility. We have notified the appropriate medical credentialing bodies.

Dr. Jenson, who is 36 years old and lives in Ann Arbor, was arraigned at the Washtenaw County jail and charged with four counts of possession of child sexually abusive material. He was released on a personal recognizance bond of $10,000 and his preliminary exam is scheduled for Dec. 28.

We are cooperating fully with the Department of Public Safety investigation, and at this point, there is no indication of illegal or inappropriate behavior with patients.

The professional and ethical conduct of all members of our university community is essential. We are taking all appropriate measures in view of the serious allegations, and have launched an internal review.

Dr. Jenson is in his fourth year of residency in the medicine-pediatrics specialty, which trains physicians to provide care for both adults and children.

This is a deeply distressing situation for our entire community. Patients or parents who would like to discuss this matter may call our C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patient line, toll free, at 877-475-6688. However, if you have any questions or information regarding the police investigation, please contact the U-M Department of Public Safety at 734-763-3434 and ask to speak with Detective Margie Pillsbury.

As a reminder, it is important for faculty, staff and students to act immediately in suspected cases of abuse or other crimes, or in a circumstance where you find yourself either a victim or a witness to questionable activity. If this is the case, please take one of the following steps:

• If you require immediate emergency assistance or believe a crime is in progress, dial 9-1-1 to connect you to the police.

• For a non-emergency situation, call the Department of Public Safety at 734-763-1131. DPS professionals can help assess the situation and determine what other notification or action is necessary.

• Information on potential criminal activity also may be reported anonymously by calling the University’s Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-863-1355.