Barto Faces New Charges
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State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday that Dr. Johnnie Jack Barto has been charged with sexually assaulting 29 additional victims. Barto, 70, is facing new charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children. "Barto used his position of authority as a pediatrician the family doctor everyone relied on to treat and heal their children and abused it to feed his own, sick sexual desires," said Shapiro. The attorney general said the charges stem from incidents as far back as the 1980s and as recent as January of this year. Shapiro said the majority of the boy and girl victims were ages 8 to 12, but one was as young as 2 weeks old. Shapiro said the majority of the sexual assaults happened at Laurel Pediatric Associates in Cambria County and several took place at local hospitals in the county. He said Barto either waited for the parents of his victims to leave the exam room, used his own body as a shield to block parents or claimed the assault was a medical exam. Shapiro said the assaults including Barto groping Their breasts, penetrating female victims private areas and putting his hand on male victims penises. "If convicted, when convicted of these charges, Barto will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs," said Shapiro. "Barto is a predator and a public menace and he deserves to stay behind bars." The attorney general said the investigation is ongoing and urged anyone who made been victimized by Barto to call the special hotline at 412-565-7680. "I have a message for these courageous individuals, and for any person or institution that believes they can get away with sexually abusing children and covering it up. We will pursue every allegation of child sexual abuse wherever we find it in a doctor's office, in a school or church and we will hold child sexual predators accountable for their crimes under Pennsylvania law," said Shapiro.