Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 2:09 PM
A doctor accused of sending pornographic images to an undercover police detective posing as a teenage girl made his initial court appearance Wednesday, but did not enter a plea.
Arraignment was postponed to June 7 for Jonathon Hagar Ellis, 35, of Long Beach, who is charged with four felony counts of distributing or showing pornography to a minor and one misdemeanor count of arranging to meet a minor for lewd purposes.
Ellis allegedly initiated contact with an undercover Los Angeles Police Department detective who was posing online as a 16-year-old girl. He allegedly sent lewd photos and messages and tried to meet her in person for sexual activities despite her supposed age.
Ellis was arrested April 11 and subsequently released on an $85,000 bond.
If convicted as charged, he could face up to six years in custody, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.