Former U of M doc banned from his own children

Published: Feb. 15, 2018 at 9:46 AM EST
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A former University of Michigan doctor, Mark Hoeltzel, who is charged with child pornography crimes will be released on bond if authorities are satisfied that his mother's home is an appropriate place to keep him on an electronic tether.

Federal prosecutors wanted to keep Hoeltzel locked up Wednesday but a judge says she's satisfied that he's not a threat to the public.

The government said Hoeltzel has a history of preying on young girls, including sending romantic text messages to Missouri teens. He's also accused of pretending to be a boy on Facebook.

The University of Michigan fired Hoeltzel after learning that he had a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old patient.

He worked at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, before going to Michigan in 2013.

He has been banned from seeing his kids while the case plays out.

46-year-old Mark Hoeltzel has three children under the age of six.

A judge made the ruling during a detention hearing Wednesday.

Hoeltzel was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport on Monday after returning from treatment for sex addiction at a clinic in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors say investigators found Hoeltzel had thousands of images of of child porn on his computers.

His license was suspended in December for other incidents involving young patients.