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Windermere Observer Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 1 week ago

Keene's Pointe resident, a doctor, arrested on child-pornography charges

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Trinetra Vaidya and his girlfriend, Katja Goen Zielke, are facing child-pornography charges for allegedly sharing nude images of young girls.
by: Gabby Baquero News Editor

A resident of the Keene's Pointe community near Windermere was arrested for requesting nude photos of his girlfriend’s young daughters.

Trinetra Vilas Vaidya, 42, is a gastroenterologist employed by The Villages Regional Hospital. Vaidya and his girlfriend — Oviedo resident Katja Goen Zielke, 38 — were arrested in January and face child-pornography charges after sending each other several text messages of a sexual nature that included four images of young girls in inappropriate positions, according to an arrest report from the Oviedo Police Department.

The arrest report states the text messages were sent in November 2018. In the text messages, Vaidya asked Zielke — a mother of two girls ages 11 and 12 — to take photos of her daughters in the nude while they were in the shower or changing clothes, according to the report. 

“At no point did (Zielke) deny his request nor attempt to change the subject,” the report reads. “Instead, she continued to engage in the conversations.”

Upon receiving obscene images from Vaidya, Zielke failed to report the child pornography or request Vaidya stop messaging her such images, the report said. 

A detective assigned to the case conducted an interview with Zielke’s daughters in early January. The 11-year-old told the detective that their mother had taken a photo of her nude in the shower. 

When the 11-year-old, who was concerned because Vaidya was spending the night that evening, confronted her mother, Zielke “dismissed her concerns” and assured her she already had deleted the photos, the report said. However, Zielke’s daughters later stumbled upon the images on their mother’s personal laptop, according to Zielke’s arrest report from the Oviedo Police Department.

Vaidya was charged with possession of child pornography and obscene communication with solicitation of a parent. 

He has since bonded out of Volusia County jail. Zielke also has bonded out of Seminole County Jail.

Gabby is the news editor for the West Orange Times and Windermere Observer newspapers. Have a story tip? Contact her at (352) 448-5856 or at [email protected]....

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