A South Florida doctor is accused of sending nude photos of himself to a 13-year-old, authorities said.
Stewart Bitman, 64, of Parkland, was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor and one count of solicitation of a minor, according to Broward County Sheriff’s Office online booking records. Bitman was being held in the Broward County Jail pending a bond hearing, according to online records.
Bitman, a gastroenterologist, is affiliated with many hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
A SWAT team conducted a search at Bitman’s home on Tuesday morning, the newspaper reported. Bitman was taken into custody, and authorities seized multiple electronic devices.
Bitman’s arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the sheriff’s office’s Internet Crimes Against Children detectives and the Coral Springs Police Department, the Miami Herald reported.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, deputies received information in April that Bitman “sent a number of sexual text messages and nude photos of himself to a 13-year-old child.”
“Detectives believe Bitman knew he was communicating with a minor, and while attempting to solicit victims, he portrayed himself as a teenage boy,” the news release stated.
The child’s gender is not specified in a search warrant that was obtained by the Sun-Sentinel.
According to the warrant, photos show Bitman sitting at a desk with a computer. His drawstring shorts and underwear are pulled down. Accompanying the photos are texts about classwork: “How many classes r u having each day,” “What class is that?” and “Looks like a real pain. How many pages?”
In one text, Bitman allegedly asked the child if he or she wanted to see him urinate, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Bitman’s medical license with the state shows he has had no disciplinary actions, the newspaper reported.
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