PIO doctor gets 30 years jail for child sex exploitation in US


NEW YORK: A 57-year-old Indian-origin pediatrician in the US has been jailed for 30 years for sexual exploitation of a child and producing child pornography.

Rakesh Punn, of New York had pleaded guilty in April last year to producing child pornography, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said yesterday.

Punn admitted that in September 2007, he sexually exploited a minor paediatric patient during a medical appointment at his home-office.

Punn falsely diagnosed the child with an illness so that he could obtain unfettered access to her without her parents being present and then drugged and secretly photographed the girl.

At sentencing, the court found that Punn engaged in a pattern of similar conduct with other patients and enhanced his sentence accordingly.

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