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After lewd photos discovered, expert on child custody is removed from case

February 27, 2011 | 11:26 am

A prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist who has helped decide hundreds of child-custody disputes has been thrown off one case and challenged in at least two others after posting lewd photos of himself on Facebook and allegedly promoting illegal drug use, unprotected sex and male prostitution.

Dr. Joseph Kenan, president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, also is being investigated by the Medical Board of California due to at least four complaints by parents who hired him to do custody evaluations, according to records and correspondence reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.

Among the postings on Facebook and other websites under the slightly different names of "Joe Kegan" and "Joe Keegan" were photos showing Kenan baring his buttocks to the camera in public and another of him posing with a friend holding a cake that explicitly depicted a sexual act, court records state.

Read more: "Child custody expert linked to lewd Web photos."

-- Kim Christensen and Victoria Kim