Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Psychiatrist Accused Of Soliciting Sex From Undercover Detective

As reported here:

Followup link, with Picture

Update: We now have a Local TV Video Report

Police have arrested a psychiatrist who they said was sending illicit pictures over the Internet to a detective posing as a 14-year-old Tequesta girl.

Miami police arrested Dr. Jose Gustavo Valladares at his apartment Tuesday morning. Authorities said he had been the target of a two-month-long online predator investigation.

Investigators said that during that time, Valladares, 38, was communicating with an undercover Tequesta Police Department detective who was pretending to be a 14-year-old girl.

Valladares, who is employed by Jackson Memorial Hospital, allegedly used a Web camera to masturbate and send pictures of his penis. Police said he also discussed traveling to Palm Beach County to meet the girl.

"A psychiatrist certainly knows the emotional sequela that comes from this type of abuse to a victim -- a child," said Miami police spokesman Bill Schwartz. "It's a lifelong emotional problem, but clearly this guy doesn't care."

Valladares is charged with distribution of harmful material to a minor and online solicitation of a minor for sex. A charge of lewd and lascivious exhibition is pending.

He has been suspended from JMH without pay.

Thumbs up to the Miami Police for their excellent work.

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