By Calvin Palmer
An orthopedic surgeon at Houston’s St Joseph Medical Center was arrested this morning and charged with the sexual abuse of at least four boys.
Bernard Albina, 69, was charged with five counts of sexual abuse, including continuous sexual abuse of a child, sexual assault of a child and promotion of child pornography, said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Eric Devlin.
Devlin said Albina used his money and position to develop close relationships with his victims’ families to get access to the children, including the purchase of houses where he let them live for free.
Police executed search warrants two weeks ago, wrapping up a two-year Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation, and found hundreds of hours of videotape of Albina with children.
“The officers are working 70 to 80 hours a week just to figure out everything we seized,” Devlin said.
State medical records show that Albina attended medical school in Jerusalem and Beirut. He has practiced in the United States since 1970, and currently lists his medical practice at St. Joseph Medical Center.
[Based on a report by the Houston Chronicle.]