A gastroenterologist in The Villages and his girlfriend have been arrested after she allegedly shared nude pictures of her children with him.
Dr. Trinetra Vaidya, 42, and his girlfriend, 38-year-old Katja Goen were taken into custody on child pornography charges. Vaidya was arrested Tuesday in Volusia County.
Ovedio police said the couple had shared “explicit” messages, and Vaidya asked her to take photos of her 11- and 12-year-old children while they were showering or changing clothes. One of the children found the images on the mother’s computer. Vaidya said he wanted the images because it would “sexually gratify him.”
Vaidya has been affiliated with The Villages Regional Hospital, but is now suspended.
“Dr. Trinetra Vaidya is a private, independent physician practicing in The Villages community. He also is currently on the medical staff at The Villages Regional Hospital. However, upon learning of recent developments, he was suspended from the medical staff pending resolution of this legal matter. Under that suspension he cannot provide care to any hospitalized patients,” said Don Henderson, president and CEO of Central Florida Health, the parent company of The Villages Regional Hospital.
Vaidya also practices at Lake Endoscopy Center in Summerfield.
Vaidya graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1999. He completed an Internship, Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. He moved to Ocala in 2006.
He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2002 and the American Board of Gastroenterology in 2005.