FORT LAUDERDALE — A South Florida doctor is accused of sending nude photos of himself to a 13-year-old child, investigators said.
Stewart Bitman, 64, was arrested Tuesday in Parkland after a SWAT team carried out a search warrant at his home and seized multiple electronic devices, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Bitman is the second Broward County doctor to be accused this month of crimes involving a child. On Jan. 12, investigators arrested pediatrician Micahael Mizrachy, 49, on charges that he sent nude photos of himself to a child.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that deputies worked with the Coral Springs Police Department after learning in April about the photos and text messages sent to the child. The child’s gender was not revealed in the search warrant, the newspaper reported.
Bitman is a gastroenterologist affiliated with hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. His state medical license indicated he has an office in Coral Springs.
The warrant said photos show Bitman sitting at a desk with his drawstring shorts and underwear pulled down, the newspaper reported.
Text messages to the child said: “How many classes r u having each day,” “What class is that?” and “Looks like a real pain. How many pages?”
In one text, he asked the child if he or she wants to see him urinate.
Detectives believe Bitman knew he was communicating with a child and say he portrayed himself as a teenage boy as part of his solicitation, the newspaper reported.
Bitman faces three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor and one count of solicitation of a minor. Detectives are working to identify any additional victims.
Bitman remained in the Broward County Jail early Wednesday, with bond set at $30,000. An attorney for him wasn’t listed on jail records.
A judge earlier this month ordered Mizrachy to stay away from all minors, with the exception of supervised visits with his two children. One of his children is under age 18. He declined to speak with reporters when he was released from jail on a $30,000 bond. He’s represented by Richard Merlino.