A Halifax pediatrician who has been reprimanded in the past for improperly performing vaccinations is now charged with child pornography-related offences.
Dr. William Richard Vitale, 72, is charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and having child pornography for the purpose of distribution.
Police conducted a search of a residence in the 400 block of St. Margaret’s Bay Road. Officers arrested a man at the scene and seized computer equipment.
Vitale made headlines in 2013 for improperly mixing vaccinations for children under the age of two. That led the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia to suspend his license in December of 2013 for six weeks.
His license was later reinstated with the exception that he wasn’t permitted to give vaccines.
Investigators have conducted two searches of the doctor’s home, and their primary concern is ensuring no children are at risk. They are also investigating whether other children were put at risk in the past.
The Crown also confirmed that the search and charges arose out of an online investigation into file sharing networks.