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Florida Pediatrician Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Possession To Be Held Without Bond

Dr. Michael Mizrachy Detained on Federal Child Pornography Possession Charge

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In a hearing held on Monday, March 1, 2021, Dr. Michael Mizrachy, a pediatrician in Broward County, was ordered pre-trial detention and is to remain in custody without bond pending his federal trial on federal child pornography charges. If convicted on the federal charge, Mizrachy faces up to 20 years in prison. Mizrachy also faces a pending state criminal case in connection with the alleged conduct. 

In June 2020, investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) were sent a tip alleging that Dr. Mizrachy, then employed at West Broward Pediatrics, may be in possession of and possibly distributing child pornography. Mizrachy has been a licensed pediatrician in Florida since 2000. He last worked for West Broward Pediatrics. At a preliminary hearing, Mizrachy was ordered not to have contact with minors.

In October 2020, detectives obtained a search warrant for Mizrachy’s home in Parkland. They discovered that Dr. Mizrachy used an app, KIK, to chat with a child who was 15 years old and that the chats included sexually explicit photographs. Further investigation revealed that the other photos of the children located within Mizrachy’s accounts were of his daughters’ friends at his home. These photos included the children’s clothed private parts. Most of the children appeared to be between the ages of 13 and 15, and one of them was ten years old.

Attorney Adam Horowitz continues to advocate for the Florida Department of Heath to restrict the professional licenses of health care professionals when they are accused of sexual crimes.  Allowing such practitioners access to patients needlessly endangers the public.

If you or someone you know was subject to sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct by a pediatrician or other health care professional, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

South Florida Pediatrician Faces Criminal Charges for Possession of Child Sex Images

Dr. Michael Mizrachy Faces

 Charges for Possession of Child Sex Images

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On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Dr. Michael Mizrachy, a pediatrician in Broward County, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of sexual performance by a child and one count of  Solicitation via Computer. In June 2020, investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) were sent a tip alleging that Dr. Mizrachy of West Broward Pediatrics may be in possession of and possibly distributing child pornography.  Mizrachy has been licensed as pediatrician in Florida since 2000.  He last worked for West Broward Pediatrics. At a preliminary hearing, Mizrachy was ordered not to have contact with minors.

According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office, the detectives found a video depicting child pornography. “In addition to the initial video described in the tip, detectives located several photos depicting what appear to be young children in their bathing suits, underwear or shorts in which none of the children appear to be aware the photos were being taken,” the statement said.

In October 2020, detectives obtained a search warrant for Mizrachy’s home in Parkland. They discovered that Dr. Mizrachy used an app, KIK, to chat with a child who was 15 years old and that the chats included sexually explicit photographs. Further investigation revealed that the other photos of the children located within Mizrachy’s accounts were of his daughters’ friends at his home. These photos included the children’s clothed private parts. Most of the children appeared to be between the ages of 13 and 15, and one of them was ten years old.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

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Pennsylvania Pediatrician Johnnie “Jack” Barto Faces Dozens of Child Abuse Charges

Dr. Johnnie Wilson “Jack” Barto,  a 70-year old Pennsylvania pediatrician, faces dozens of child molestation charges after police say twenty-nine victims have come forward to allege he sexually abused them, in some cases as their unaware parents were in the same room.   The accusations go as far back as 1990, and as recent as early 2018.  Dr. Barto is accused of using his pediatric practice “to feed his own sexual desires.”  The majority of the incidents identified in the criminal complaint took place at Barto’s Richland Township office at Laurel Pediatrics, while others allegedly took place at Conemaugh Hospital or the Laurel Pediatrics Office in Somerset County.

The attorney general said Dr. Barto “violated every tenet of his oath as a doctor and as a decent human being — violating the trust of his victims, their parents and of the entire community.”  At this time no civil lawsuit are pending against Dr. Barto or his medical practice.

Dr. Barto was first arrested in January after allegedly fondling the genitals of children as young as two weeks old when they came in for ear infections and sore throats.  Victims told prosecutors that Dr. Barto would either use his body to shield the genital exams from parents in the room, ask parents to leave the exam room, or tell parents that the genital “examinations” with ungloved hands were routine.

The abuse occurred during routine wellness checks, physicals and for visits related to conditions such as influenza symptoms, seizures, kidney stones, ear infections and sore throats.  Police said he molested both girls and boys, though most of the alleged victims were girls. The charging documents said Barto used his bare fingers to digitally penetrate girls and fondle the genitals of boys. Dr. Barto was accused in 1998 of sexually molesting two girls during office visits. He was never charged criminally and denied the allegations. Two years later the Board of Medicine determined he could keep his license, ruling the allegations lacked evidence.

The mother of two other  alleged victims, a 10-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother, complained to the family’s regular pediatrician after Barto reached inside both children’s underwear “and began feeling around each of their genitals,” police wrote.  The family’s primary pediatrician, who worked in the same medical practice as Barto, told the mother that Barto “has an ‘odd bedside manner’and she believed he possibly suffers from Asperger’s disease,” police said in the arrest affidavit.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have an experienced lawyer acting on  the victim’s behalf. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com