Saskatoon pediatrician charged with attempting to arrange sex with minor

Ramkumar Natarajan was arrested Thursday and made his first court appearance on the two charges Friday morning.

A Saskatoon physician faces two charges in connection with activity police are describing as an attempt to buy sex from a minor.

Dr. Ramkumar Natarajan appeared Friday in Saskatoon provincial court. He was released on a $500 recognizance and placed under multiple conditions, including that he not use mobile phones or the internet except for work purposes.

The 48-year-old is listed on the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine’s website as a faculty member in pediatric respirology.

He faces one charge of attempting to obtain sexual services from someone under the age of 18 and a second charge of using a telecommunications device to facilitate that encounter.

Court documents show the communication is alleged to have taken place this year between Feb. 20 and March 21, and that the attempt to purchase sex is alleged to have taken place on March 21.

Natarajan was arrested Thursday, Saskatoon police said in a news release.

His other release conditions include having no contact with people under the age of 18 except for immediate family members and a promise to inform the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan of his situation.

According to his College of Physicians and Surgeons profile, Natarajan obtained his medical degree from Bharathiar University in India in 1993.