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Spokane physician accused of child rape now in Federal custody

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Dr. Craig Morgenstern, accused of Child Rape and Possession of Child Pornography is now in Federal custody. Dr. Craig Morgenstern, accused of Child Rape and Possession of Child Pornography is now in Federal custody.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Dr. Craig Morgenstern, the Veterans Affairs Hospital doctor accused of Child Rape and Possession of Child Pornography in Stevens County, is now in Federal custody and will make an appearance before a judge sometime Friday afternoon. 

Morgenstern was taken into custody by Federal agents Thursday night as he was attempting to post bond at the Stevens County Jail. On Thursday, Morgenstern was in court after being arrested Wednesday night when detectives found child pornography in his home. 

Morgenstern was initially arrested by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office on Monday after detectives spent the weekend investigating the claim that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy at his home Friday night. After compiling evidence, Morgenstern was arrested Monday and charged with Second Degree Rape of a Child. He posted his $100,000 bond set by the judge and returned home. Following an additional search of his home by detectives, he was arrested on the charge of Possession of Child Pornography on Wednesday. 

On Thursday, Morgenstern faced a Stevens County judge again, who set his bail at $250,000 for the Possession of Child Pornography charge. Later that day, as Morgenstern was attempting to post bail at the Stevens County Jail, Federal Agents came and took him into custody on a US Marshals hold. He was then taken to the Spokane County Jail to wait for his hearing before a Federal judge on Friday afternoon. 

At this time, it is unclear exactly why Morgenstern was taken into Federal custody as official charges have not yet been announced, but we will update this story as soon as we confirm any additional information, so keep checking back.

For live updates, follow KHQ's Gabe Cohen on Twitter at @CohenGabe

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