Monday, March 18, 2019

Pediatrician gets at least 79 years for sexually assaulting patients

A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced to at least 79 years in prison on Monday for the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them patients, in a case that state medical regulators failed to act on nearly two decades ago. 

Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown was sentenced on dozens of counts, including aggravated indecent assault and child endangerment. Prosecutors say he spent decades abusing boys and girls in the exam room at his pediatric practice in western Pennsylvania and at local hospitals, with his victims typically ranging in age from 8 to 12. One was an infant. 


  1. The real crime in many ways are those who didn't heed the numerous signs as long the way. Right up till he confessed people defended him.

  2. Purim Torah thought. The יצר הרע was Satan/Devil. We say this morning Selichot for the Fast of Esther: ויבא גם השטן בתוכם להתיצב And the devil came among them, too
    Continuing my
    I cite Megilah 25a “In the school of R. Ishmael it was stated: The text [“Do not allow any of your offspring to be offered up to Molech, and do not profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 18:21)] speaks of an Israelite who has intercourse with a Cuthean woman and begets from her a son for idolatry.”
    Haman really tried to rape Esther: “When the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet room, Haman was lying prostrate on the couch on which Esther reclined. Does he mean, cried the king, to ravish the queen in my own palace? No sooner did these words leave the king’s lips than Haman’s face was covered.” (Esther 7:8).
    Midrash Rabbah - Esther III:14
    “ “But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s command conveyed by the eunuchs. The king was greatly incensed, and his fury burned within him.” (Esther 1:12). She remonstrated with him very forcibly, saying: If they consider me beautiful, they will want to enjoy me themselves and kill you; and if they consider me plain, I shall bring disgrace on you. But he was blind to her hints and insensible to her pricks. She then sent word to him: You used to be the stable-boy of my father's house, and you were used to bringing in before yourself naked harlots, and now that you have ascended the throne you have not abandoned your evil habits. He was still blind to her hints and insensible to her pricks.”
    Esther Rabbah 7:13
    “Said Haman to Ahasuerus: The God of these men hates lewdness. Make a feast for them and set harlots before them, and order them that they should all come and eat and drink and do as they please, as it says, “And the rule for the drinking was, No restrictions! For the king had given orders to every palace steward to comply with each man’s wishes.” (Esther 1:8). When Mordecai saw this, he rose and issued a proclamation saying, Do not go to partake of the feast of Ahasuerus, since he has invited you only in order to be able to lodge a complaint against you, so that the Attribute of Justice should have an excuse for accusing you before the Holy One, blessed be He. But they did not listen to Mordecai and they all went to the feast. R. Ishmael said: Eighteen thousand and five hundred went to the banquet and ate and drank and became drunk and misconducted themselves. Straightway Satan arose and accused them before the Holy One, blessed be He, saying: Sovereign of the Universe, how long wilt Thou cleave to this nation who turn their heart and their faith from Thee? If it so please Thee, destroy this nation from the world, because they do not repent before Thee.”


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