Prosecutors: NY pediatrician sexually abused girls

June 29, 2011 - 10:44 AM

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York pediatrician previously charged with secretly videotaping young female patients has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused and assaulted some of them. Prosecutors say victims were as young as 11.

Dr. Rakesh Punn of Bethpage faces arraignment on charges including sex abuse and assault on July 11. He was first arrested in July 2010, charged with secretly videotaping girls while they were naked in his office.

He is being held on $3.5 million bail on those charges, which his attorney denied at the time. The attorney didn't immediately comment Wednesday on the additional charges.

Prosecutors say Punn covered the girls' eyes with gauze and a blindfold and then assaulted them.

Authorities are still investigating and have asked other possible victims to come forward.