Physician arrested for indecent assault and corruption of minors
HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced felony charges against Dr. Johnnie Barto, a pediatrician with offices in Cambria and Somerset Counties, for indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.
Barto, 70, of Delta Drive, Johnson, was arrested after making inappropriate physical contact with a 12-year-old patient during an appointment in his office.
“These charges are deeply disturbing because the accused is a pediatrician — someone who is in close contact with children and in whom patients and the community place their trust,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “We have a zero tolerance policy for the sexual abuse of children and my office will prosecute any offender to the fullest extent of the law, no matter who they are.”
The charges are a result of a report the minor made to her mother following the assault. The child’s mother contacted Richland Township Police, who arrested Barto. The investigation is ongoing, and Attorney General Shapiro urged the public to contact his office or Richland Township police with any additional information they may have.
“We are concerned there could be other victims in this case, and we want to hear from you,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “If you know something or saw something, I want you to call my office or local police. We’ll pursue every lead we receive.”
Anyone with information related to the investigation of Barto should contact the Office of Attorney General at 412-565-7680 or Richland Township Police at 814-266-8333. The case will be prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Simquita Bridges.
Suspected child predators can be reported by calling the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044. Individuals who suspect an online predator or abuse can also send anonymous tips by texting PAKIDS + YOUR TIP to 847411.
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