Looks like former pediatrician, Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, will be practicing the art of not dropping the soap instead of medicine for the next 79-158 years.
According to WTAE 4, a local Pittsburgh channel, 71 yr old Barto, admitted to sexually assaulting 31 children over the course of 4 decades, with the ages of his victims ranging from 8-12. These incidents took place at his office and while working in the hospital. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 75 years.
The verdict comes 2 decades after state medical regulators threw out a case where the Dr. was accused of molesting two young girls in the 90s. This was due to the allegations being “incongruous to his reputation”. This allowed him to continue to practice and collect more victims.
He pleaded guilty in December of 2018 to some of the counts and for the rest, he pleaded no contest. His lawyer said that Barto entered his plea so that “the healing could begin for his family, his victims and for himself.” Linda Barto, the former Dr.’s wife said he’s been lying to her for all the 52 years she has known him and that her heart is heavy for the victims .
We will continue to keep you updated with any new details of this story. And our love, prayers, and peace to the victims and their families and remember, it is not your fault.Read More