LOCK. HIM. UP.
| When he saw the damning evidence piled up against him, he immediately pled guilty on all counts
| 31 victims over a span of 28 years; one was only 2 weeks old
| AP – Nearly two decades after state regulators let him off the hook, a former pediatrician admitted in court Thursday that he sexually assaulted 31 children, most of them patients.
Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting more than two dozen patients.
The abuse spanned decades and typically involved girls and boys between ages 8 and 12, prosecutors said. One of the victims was 2 weeks old.
Barto, 71, was arrested in January and charged with groping a 12-year-old girl during an office visit several weeks earlier.
Suspecting she might not be alone, the attorney general’s office put out a call for other accusers to come forward — and they did, by the dozen, with claims going back to the late 1980s.
“They came to their pediatrician seeking care. Instead, they were victimized by a serial sexual abuser hiding in a doctor’s coat,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a videotaped statement released after Barto’s plea.
Barto, whose medical license was suspended, remains behind bars pending his sentencing on multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault, child endangerment, and other offenses. Read more.
Dr. Johnnie “Jack” Barto – a stomach-churning legacy of child sexual abuse
February 1994: A 4-year-old patient accuses Barto of touching her private area in an office medical closet after her mother stepped out of the room. The patient’s mother files a report with the local county children and youth services and police.
1998: After a complaint is filed with the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs regarding the 1994 allegations, the group questions the patient’s perception of the incident based on her age at the time of the alleged offense and the passage of time between the event and when the complaint was filed with the state.
1998: Barto faces civil allegations that he inappropriately touched three girls – ages 3, 4, and 13 – during office visits at Johnstown Pediatrics over a period of four years.
October 1998: The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs rejects a complaint filed by another parent alleging an incident in January of that year, reiterating Barto’s standing within his community by saying “the allegations against (Barto) are incongruous to his reputation.”
May 23, 2000: Pennsylvania officials restore Barto’s medical license.
May 25, 2000: Barto tells The Tribune-Democrat that he and his wife, Linda, are facing legal bills surpassing $100,000, and that his faith in God helped him get through the legal issues.
October 2002: Barto allegedly touches a 14-year-old girl when she falls asleep on a couch at his residence during a family outing.
April 9, 2018: The state attorney general’s office files four felony charges against Barto – one count each of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children … Read more.
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