ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A Massachusetts doctor was in court Thursday on several charges, including paying a minor for sex.
Sujan Kayastha, 37, was arrested Wednesday at his Dartmouth home following a four-month investigation, according to Attleboro police.
Police said they launched the investigation after learning a 14-year-old Attleboro boy had been sexually assaulted, later finding out the boy had received cash in exchange for sexual activity with an adult male.
The investigation revealed Kayastha engaged in “lengthy, sexually explicit communications with the juvenile victim,” according to police, which included the transmission of images of child pornography.
Police allege Kayastha also offered drugs, alcohol and money to the teen, then made arrangements to meet him at a Seekonk hotel for sex.
Court documents obtained by Eyewitness News revealed the alleged victim was at a group home and the home’s program director noticed marks on the boy’s neck and an unusual amount of cash in his possession.
Kayastha reportedly told the 14-year-old he was 28 years old, according to the documents, while the boy told Kayastha he was 16 years old.
Upon executing arrest and search warrants on Wednedsay, police took Kayastha into custody, after which they said he made “admissions and incriminating statements.”
Investigators also seized electronic devices and suspected narcotics from the home. The devices were found to contain child porn, police said.
Kayastha was arraigned Thursday on charges of trafficking of a person for sexual servitude, possession of child pornography, and two counts each of electronic enticement of a child for prostitution and disseminating obscene matter to a child. His bail was set at $75,000.
According to police, Kayastha worked as a hospitalist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.
Maureen Boyle, a spokesperson for hospital owner Southcoast Health, released a statement to Eyewitness News saying Kayastha has since been “relieved of his duties.”
“We are disturbed to learn of the allegations and arrest of Dr. Sujan Kayastha,” Boyle wrote. “Dr. Kayastha has immediately been relieved of his duties pending review of this matter.”
Kayastha’s defense attorney said his client has been married for about five years. His wife was in court for the arraignment on Thursday.
The investigation is ongoing and prosecutors said more charges against Kayastha could be forthcoming.