U.S. Doctor Convicted of Child Sexual Abuse in Africa

In a Washington, DC  courtroom last week a physician stood before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, and pleaded guilty to his sexual involvment with children while working in Kenya.

According to Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department, Doctor John D. Ott admitted to engaging in illicit sexual behavior while in a foreign country. Court documents reveal that Ott functioned as a pediatric specialist for private medical projects in Kenya.

Hopefully, an ethical one

Hopefully, an ethical one

An investigation into his history reveals that Ott co-founded an orphanage in Kenya in January 2004, and admitted that for nearly nine years  he engaged various sexual behaviors with approximatey 18 children.  Ott stated in court that he provided financial support – for such things as schooling and housing – for the children, who ranged from nine to 16 in age.

Ott, age 67, was arrested in Tanzania and deported to the U.S. where he has been in federal prison since December, 2012.

According to prosecuting attorney Keith Becker of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation & Obscenity division, adults found guilty of illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country face a potential 30- year sentence.

Doctor John Ott is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

The investigation of this criminal physician was managed by the Washington DC FBI Field Office, with the assistance of the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs.

The case against Ott was initially brought by Project Safe Childhood, which fights the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation, created in 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Here’s the U.S. DOJ press release: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/May/13-crm-517.html

You can learn more about Project Safe Childhood here:  www.justice.gov/psc.

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3 thoughts on “U.S. Doctor Convicted of Child Sexual Abuse in Africa

  1. micro job says:

    Fantastic points. You just gained a fresh reader.

  2. sammy ochieng says:

    Doctor John Ott abused me by promising that he would pay for my education, which he did. But since then he left me with memories I cannot erase. What about the crimes he committed against me? Why is there no justice?

  3. sammy ochieng says:

    I lived with him for four years in Sori where he worked as doctor. Every night he wanted me to sleep within him in his room. One day I declined and from that day on, he said he never loved me anyway, and he stopped giving me money. But he still kept sleeping with my male classmates in his room every night. I was a kid. We were all kids. I cry for justice in American courts.

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