Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bernard Albina Arrested for Sexually Abusing 4 Boys

Prosecutors say an orthopedic surgeon has been arrested and charged with the alleged sexual abuse of at least four young boys, some of whom were patients.

Sixty-9-year-old Bernard Albina was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of sexual abuse, including continuous sexual abuse of a child, sexual assault of a child and promotion of child pornography.

Harris County Assistant District Attorney Eric Devlin said police officers were working 70 to 80 hours a week going through hundreds of hours of confiscated videotape of Albina with children.

A statement from St. Joseph Medical Center said CEO Phil Robinson had suspended Albina's medical staff privileges there pending further investigation. The statement said Albina had not been active at the hospital since June 1, 2008.

The Houston Chronicle reports court records did not show an attorney of record for Albina.

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