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Recent cases of pediatricians and child porn have us concerned.

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Twin brothers in Ohio became pediatricians, then began allegedly sexually abusing their patients. Now a grand jury has handed down indictments against the twins on a total of 76 charges. Some of the sex charges involve minors between 13 and 16 -- some involve younger children. In a new court document released yesterday, investigators accuse the brothers of performing sex acts on the patients, taking their photos, getting them hooked on prescriptions like Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax, and then paying those to keep quiet.
 
The alleged incidents occurred between 1987 and 2008.

Last year, a couple remodeling their basement in West Hartford, Conn. uncovered 50,000 slides and 100 8-mm films of naked children. (See photo below.) They allegedly belonged to previous homeowner Dr. George Reardon, who died in 1998. Dr. Reardon was formerly an endocrinologist specializing in childhood sexual development. In 1995, he agreed to give up his license to practice after numerous complaints that he abused and photographed children.

Ohio pediatrician Dr. Robert V. Reinhold was charged in 2008 with child pornography after more than 1,700 images of minors in various stages of undress were found in his desk. That same year, Dr. Jacques Lemire, a San Diego pediatrician, was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

Should we leave our kids alone with their pediatrician? Pediatrician Dr. Gwenn says kids under 16 are typically accompanied in the exam room by a parent. If your teen feels uncomfortable with you in the room during the physical exam, you can always step out for that portion. If you are uncomfortable leaving your teen alone with the doctor, Dr. Gwenn says you can request that a nurse be present in the exam room in your absence. Dr. Gwenn also says a doctor should never take photos of your child without your knowledge or permission. "Occasionally, I'll ask a patient's parent if I can take a picture of a rare rash, for instance, but I always have the parents sign a photo release and ask them to be present while I photograph the child," she says. "Photos taken behind closed doors without a release form signal that something is just not right here."

Most pediatricians are nice and normal and trustworthy. Thankfully, cases like these are very rare...but they do happen. If your gut is telling you something's not right, ask questions. Remember: You are your child's number-one advocate.


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44 comments so far | Post a comment now
Bec Thomas March 14, 2009, 12:36 AM

It’s a profession that is a pedophiles dreams. It’s really disgusting to see things like this pop up.

Candies Secret March 14, 2009, 11:13 PM

The saddest part of this is it happens everyday and not just in that profession, it seems like priests, school officials (teachers etc) and anyone else that a child might feel like they are safe with should at least be looked at with your eyes wide open, what happened to the good old days

Anonymous March 15, 2009, 4:40 AM

I was abused by a teen cousin. I had flashbacks well into adulthood even though I had only “windows” of memory of the events, as I was barely two years old when it happened. Those flashbacks used to make me keel over with pain and shame.

nome March 21, 2009, 4:01 AM

the good old days? no such thing! this has been happening since “the good old days” as well. it’s sick and it’s sad because children should be protected and safe. i’m sorry you had to go through that anonymous, my mother was extremely cautious with me and my sisters because of what she experienced. you have to be a little paranoid at any time when it comes to the safety of your kids.

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