Guido Germano enters no-plea contest
By Sam Catanzaro
A 59-year-old Santa Monica man who is a UCLA professor and former director for a division at Cedars-Sinar hospital entered a no-contest plea Monday for possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.
Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the Cyber Crime Division said Guido Germano entered the plea in the case to one felony count of possession of child or youth pornography.
The defendant was immediately sentenced to five years of formal felony probation, fined $300 and ordered to attend a minimum of 52 weeks of sex offender counseling, forfeit devices which contained any child pornography images or videos and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Germano, who was the director of artificial intelligence medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center hospital at the time, shared child pornography videos using peer-to-peer software and downloaded them onto his personal computer at his home, the prosecutor said.
Germano is also a professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. The UCLA campus directory no longer lists Germano, but as reported by the Daily Bruin says Germano remains on administrative leave, according to a UCLA Health spokesperson.