In one of the most egregious and disgusting cases of a pediatrician abusing his defenseless patients, a former Delaware pediatrician reportedly filmed himself raping about 100 children, including babies, and abused hundreds of others. The pediatrician abused his young patients (the average age of his victims was 3) at an office in Milford, Delaware and at his Disney-themed pediatrics practice in Lewes, Delaware, from the late 1990s until he was arrested in December 2009.
The pediatrician reportedly used promises of toys, candy, or ice cream to convince parents to let him take their children to other parts of his office that were equipped with video cameras, where he would rape or molest babies and toddlers.
The pediatrician had been employed by Beebe Medical Center in the 1990s, which had investigated allegations against the pediatrician and had cleared him of wrongdoing involving his medical treatment of young girls (a nurse had reported in 1996 that the pediatrician performed inappropriate vaginal exams by catheterizing many of the girls he examined). Beebe Medical Center was alleged to have failed to report the pediatrician to the proper authorities despite it knowing that he was a danger to his patients.
The pediatrician is serving sentences of 14 life terms plus 164 years in prison after being convicted in August 2011 of rape or abuse involving 86 patients whose rapes or abuses were videotaped by the pediatrician.
The 1,402 victims were recently mailed letters advising them of their share of the $122 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Beebe Medical Center, the Medical Society of Delaware, and other doctors. Beebe Medical Center will contribute $7 million to the settlement while its insurance companies will pay approximately $112 million. The Medical Society of Delaware and the others doctors will contribute $3 million to the settlement.
The victims who filed claims were classified into one of five categories based on the level of abuse they suffered, as determined by a mediator. All victims within a category will receive the same settlement amount; all of the victims will receive some settlement payment. The victims in the highest category, who were raped, reportedly will receive somewhere between $400,00 and $500,000 each. The victims in the lowest category, who were determined to have likely not been abused, will receive between $1,000 and $2,500.
The victims have a right to appeal the mediator’s decision as to their category classification until the end of 2013, after which the appeals will be determined and the distribution of the settlement proceeds will be made (which is expected in early 2014).
Prior Warning Sign?
The pediatrician had moved from Philadelphia to Delaware in 1995 after medical disciplinary officials and police in Pennsylvania cleared him of allegations that he had sexually abused a child.
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