A federal jury in Mobile, Alabama spent less than an hour determining that a child specialist should be convicted in an attempt to lure a 15-year-old boy into a sexual rendezvous.
Doctor Murali K. A. Reddy remained expressionless as the verdict of “Guilty” was read by the jury foreperson.
Reddy is a 30-year-old physician from India who had been in the U.S. for less than a year. He was working as a child medical specialist at the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital at the time of his arrest on May 23.
Detectives from the Saraland Police Department testified that the defendant had an ongoing personal ad looking for ‘platonic companionship’ on Craigslist, but when secretly contacted by police, he quickly turned the email conversation to oral sex.
During the trial, the jury saw transcripts of emails, followed by text messages, where the doctor gave detailed descriptions of himself and his sexual organs.
“You’ll see how careful the defendant was,” Murphy said, telling jurors that Reddy was cautious not to use his name or other identifiers. “There’s no misunderstanding what his intent was or what his actions were.”
Defense attorney Neil Hanley conceded during his opening statement that his client was looking for a sexual contact. “It is very clear what he was seeking. Let’s get that out of the way,” Hanley said. “He was seeking oral sex.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Murphy, who prosecuted the case, focused on Reddy’s medical specialty during the trial.
“This man is supposed to be caring for children,” she stressed. “Instead, he’s trolling on Craigslist, trying to harm them.”
Doctor Reddy now faces a 10-year prison sentence.
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It is important to note that Murali Reddy, MD will likely not be deported to India as he should be, and will almost certainly regain a medical license. Why?
Because in the United States, when it comes to discipline and public safety, we hold doctors to the lowest standards of any profession.