Tuesday , July 27 2021

Medical licenses are revoked for pediatricians in child porn cases



HALIFAX – A pediatrician in Halifax lost his medical license after pleading guilty to charges of child pornography, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia said Friday.

In its decision, the college said Dr. William Vitale was officially revoked after doctors approved the revocation last month.

Vitale, 75, has been revoked since he was arrested and charged with child pornography violations in February 2016. The arrests, in which computer equipment was confiscated from Halifax area homes, followed a month-long investigation by the Exploitation of Internet Children Units in the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.

In a written submission to the college's hearing committee, Vitale's lawyer said there was no illegal pornographic material found on the pediatrician's office computer and there was no suggestion that his patients were involved in crime.

The lawyer also said there was no evidence of distribution of prohibited material and "most" material consisting of fictional texts, computer-animated drawings and hand-drawn anime.

College lawyers do not agree with this statement, in accordance with the decision.

Vitale pleaded guilty to two convictions related to possession of child pornography in September and is scheduled to be sentenced in March 2019, the college said, noting that he initially faced a number of other charges which were later withdrawn.

Doctors have been licensed for medical practice in Nova Scotia since 1983 and have previously practiced families in Halifax.

In December 2013, health officials suspended Vitale's medical license after he was accused of improperly mixing vaccinations for around 500 children.

And in May 2015, Vitale was reprimanded for prescribing medication for family members while relatives were treated by other health professionals.

At that time, the college inquiry committee recognized "difficult personal factors", and that other health professionals who were treating were not available at the time.


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