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Former children’s hospital doctor charged with sex crimes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former medical director of a Virginia hospital that serves vulnerable children has been charged with four sex crimes in connection with abuse authorities say occurred at the facility a while ago. years.

A grand jury last month indicted Dr. Daniel N. Davidow of Richmond, a former longtime employee of Cumberland Children’s and Youth Hospital, court records show.

The records were unsealed Thursday, a local prosecutor said Friday.

Robert F. Donnelly, an attorney for Davidow, told The Associated Press via email that “we are still learning details and facts, so we are unable to comment.”

The hospital, located in New Kent County, about half an hour east of the state capital, treats children and young adults with complex medical needs, including chronic illnesses, injuries brain and neurobehavioral disorders.

An investigation into hospital staff by Virginia State Police has been ongoing since 2017. The facility also faces civil lawsuits that say it operated without proper licensing and was “lacking sanitation.” fundamental or of humanity”, allegations that the establishment denies.

The lawsuits and other concerns from patients’ parents about the hospital, which were highlighted by persistent reporting by Richmond television station WTVR, have raised alarm bells at the highest levels of state government on at least two governorships.

In the civil lawsuits, more than three dozen former patients allege Davidow sexually abused them during physical exams. In court documents and through an attorney, Davidow has previously denied the allegations.

Kevin Biniazan, an attorney representing the former patients in the civil case, said Friday he confirmed the indictments relate to allegations raised by two of his clients.

“The first thing that comes to mind for me — and probably all of my clients — is that it was a long time coming,” he said. “And in many ways, I hope that will give the public and my clients a sense of validation. … They have been questioned, and I think in many ways discouraged, to come forward in many cases.

Neither a lawyer for the hospital nor representatives of its parent company immediately responded to an email request from AP.

Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police, confirmed Friday night that Davidow was being held in a local jail and being held without bond.

He faces two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of sexual penetration of objects, all felonies.

The charging documents offer few additional details about the allegations, though they say both victims were children. The documents allege one victim’s abuse occurred from March 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018. The other child was abused from mid-October 2017 to December 1, 2017, according to the documents.

T. Scott Renick, the Commonwealth attorney in New Kent County, said in a brief statement that the charges were brought in relation to “acts of sexual abuse and sexual assault that occurred” at the hospital. . He said his office would have no further comment.

In the case of the two sexual assault charges, the indictments say Davidow abused the victim because of her “mental incapacity or physical impotence.”

Renick’s small office has been handling charging decisions in the Cumberland Hospital case since Attorney General Jason Miyares handed it over earlier this year, which surprised some legal observers, given the nature and the scope of the allegations.

Miyares’ office previously offered a procedural explanation for the change in course.

“We are grateful to the New Kent County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for finally getting the justice our clients deserve,” said Biniazan, the patients’ former attorney. “These indictments are a direct reflection of the bravery of our clients and their refusal to be silenced.”

Under former Attorney General Mark Herring, the office prosecuted two hospital staff.

One, a 72-year-old psychotherapist, was accused of sexually abusing a patient and died by suicide the same day he was due to appear in court for a plea hearing. The other, a behavioral technician, was sentenced in December to a year in prison after pleading without contest an allegation that she intentionally burned a disabled child with boiling water.



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