Louisiana pediatrician Antonio Felipe Belda was arrested, charged and later fired for possession of child pornography.
Antonio Felipe Belda, 37, was taken into custody by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office on September 28. He is charged with 50 counts of video voyeurism. He is also charged with more than 100 counts of having pornography featuring minors under the age of 13.
Reportedly, the EBRSO started looking into Belda around the beginning of September. The EBRSO collaborated on the investigation with the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Louisiana State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations.
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After learning about Belda’s charges, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System fired him.
“We are horrified to hear of the troubling allegations made against one of our recently hired doctors. The doctor was immediately fired and no patients or staff members came into contact with him once we learned of these charges and his arrest at home this morning,” said Alexandria Deiro Stubbs, director of public relations.
“Our hiring procedures for doctors are very stringent and involve background checks, several reference checks. It also involved other well-accepted best practices. We’ll keep working closely with all of our law enforcement partners. As always, our primary goal is the welfare of our patients and staff,” he added.
According to the authorities, there is no evidence that the hospital’s equipment was used in connection with the crimes.
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