HALIFAX – A Halifax pediatrician has lost his medical license after pleading guilty to child pornography, said a New Zealand colleague of doctors and surgeons.
In his decision, the college said that the permission of dr. William Vitalea was officially canceled after the doctor agreed to cancel last month.
Vitale, 75, temporarily suspended his license since being detained in February 2016 and charged with criminal offenses in the field of child pornography. The complaint, which seized computer equipment from a home in Halifax, followed a monthly investigation using the online child exploitation of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Unit unit.
In his written submissions to the College Audit Committee, Attorney Vitale said that there were no illegal pornographic material found on the pediatric computers of computers, and there is therefore no suggestion that his patients would be involved in criminal offenses.
The lawyer also said that there is no evidence of the distribution of unauthorized materials and "most" material, which consists of fictitious texts, drawings and handmade and computer animated anime.
The college lawyer did not agree with any of these claims, in accordance with the decision.
Vitale acknowledged that he was guilty of two short offenses related to the possession of child pornography in September and was sentenced in March 2019, the college said, pointing out that he initially faced a number of other costs that were later withdrawn.
Since 1983, the doctor has been authorized to practice in the New Scotland region, which has already carried out family practice in Halifax.
In December 2013, health officials temporarily suspended Vitale's medical license after being accused of improper mixing of vaccinations by about 500 males.
In May 2015, Vitale was exempt from prescribing medicines for a family member, while this relative was under the care of other health professionals.
At that time, the Collegiate Committee of Inquiry acknowledged "severe personal factors" and that other therapeutic experts were not available at that time.