SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) - An 83-year-old former pediatrician, Leslie Boyd Altstatt of Silver Spring, has been arrested and charged with numerous sexual offenses and acts of child abuse.
Altstatt was employed as a pediatrician and researcher at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, when it was located at 6900 Georgia Avenue NW in D.C., from the mid-1960s until the early 1980s.
Police said Monday that three adult women reported being sexually abused as children. The reports were filed in February of this year, and officials said a subsequent investigation indicated that Altstatt committed sexual offenses and acts against the three victims between 1964 and 1996.
One of the three victims said she was abused by Altstatt hundreds of times between the ages of 6 to 15. All three were reportedly related to Altstatt, who has since been released on bond, but is charged with with five counts of committing a third-degree sex offense, child abuse, and six counts of committing an unnatural and perverted sex practice.
Sharon Kornely lived across the street from Leslie Altstatt for decades, and she is shocked:
"He's not somebody you would consider a predator, that you'd be afraid to have in your family," she said.
"I am utterly appalled and shocked by the inhumane treatment by the Montgomery County Police of my client," said Altstatt's attorney, Richard Finci.
Finci added that his client's health is not the best, that the accusations are "ancient," and that Altstatt is in home hospice care, needing oxygen tanks to be able to breathe; tubes are visible in his mug shot.
Daisy Ramos, who has also been a neighbor of Altstatt for 14 years, tells ABC 7 that she can't believe he's facing these charges (in Spanish):
"I have lived here a long time and he has always seemed very respectful, very friendly."
A police document reportedly states that Altstatt admitted the allegations were true, but Finci counters:
"I am unaware of any admissions of any nature...He will certainly plead not guilty when the opportunity presents itself."
Police said Monday that because of Altstatt's position as a pediatrician and his access to children, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims.
But Finci insists he never was a child doctor there, only a researcher.
Anyone who feels that he or she may have been victimized by Altstatt is asked to contact the Family Crimes Division at 240-773-5400.