New Charges for Pediatrician Accused of Sexually Abusing, Videotaping Girls
Evidence in the case against Dr. Rakesh Punn, 53, includes a "how-to" guide on molestation he was writing on his computer which incorporated passages from the Kama Sutra, the ancient Indian sex treatise, prosecutors said.
He is charged in a 36-count federal indictment with sexual exploitation of children and health care fraud.
He faces up to 30 years in prison on the federal charges.
In June, Punn was indicted by a grand jury on charges of sexual abuse of girls as young as 11-years old.
Dr. Rakesh Punn, was charged a year before for secretly videotaping young female patients while they were naked in his office.
In the state charges, Punn is facing 28 counts of assault in the second degree,10 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree, 3 counts of promoting sexual performance by a child, 1 count of possessing a sexual performance by a child, 6 counts of unlawful surveillance in the second degree, 7 counts of fraudulently obtaining a signature and 1 count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree.
He faces up to 7 years for each of the 28 assault charges, if convicted.
According to police, the pediatrician would obtain his video footage and photographs in two different ways.
One involved having the girls disrobe, lie on the examining table, and then Punn would blindfold them. He would video tape his contact with them, often touching the girls inappropriately.
On many accounts, Punn would use a sedative to render the girls unconscious.
The other method involved having a hidden camera videotape the young girls while they stood naked in his office.
The girls were told it was part of necessary medical examinations.
He then convinced the girls to sign a “contract” that stated they were 18-years old and willing to perform different sexual acts on him.
Authorities found a "how-to book" on molestation he wrote on his computer.
On top of the sexual abuse, Punn also had prescriptions filled for choral-hydrate, a controlled substance.
He would write the prescriptions and have patients fill them and bring the prescriptions back to him.