YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A podiatrist arrested by Northvale police on charges of fondling a patient’s breasts is also accused of making inappropriate sexual comments to staff working at assisted-living residences and touching a staff member living at one of them, state authorities revealed today.
Frederick M. Weintraub, 61, of Upper Saddle River was temporarily suspended from practice by the state Board of Medical Examiners yesterday, following a Dec. 27 hearing, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.
As CLIFFVIEW PILOT first reported exclusively, Northvale police arrested and charged Weintraub on Oct. 25 after a patient Alpine Northern Valley Podiatry reported that he fondled her breasts before a routine podiatry exam.
However, Chiesa today said Weintraub is also accused of touching the breasts of a staff member at an assisted living residence where he was providing podiatry services.
The Board considers the staff member a second patient whom Weintraub abused because he had previously treated her as a patient, the attorney general said, adding that there are additional allegations of his making inappropriate sexual comments.
“Dr. Weintraub’s alleged actions show a clear and imminent threat to the public,” Chiesa said. “There is no justification for his alleged conduct.”
The company operating the residences in June 2012 terminated Weintraub and reported him to the Board of Medical Examiners, which began investigating him before his arrest in Northvale, said said Eric T. Kanefsky, acting director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs.
“The allegations against Dr. Weintraub represent serious and harmful acts that victimized a patient and a co-worker and created a hostile working environment for multiple health care workers,” Kanefsky said. “His alleged conduct violated Board regulations and professional standards, and make him a danger to the public.”
Deputy Attorney General David M. Puteska, Assistant Chief of the Professional Boards Prosecution Section, presented this case to the Board. Deputy Attorney General Steven Flanzman counseled the Board. Staff in the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau conducted the investigation.
Chiesa and Kanefsky cited the assistance of Northvale police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office in obtaining key evidence.
Weintraub has remained free pending further action.
(MUGSHOT: Northvale PD)
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