Doctor Accused of Multiple Counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 15, 2024 | 0 Comments

The trial recently began in a case where Darius Paduch, a New York-area doctor, is charged with multiple counts of inducing minors to engage in unlawful sex acts as well as inducing individuals to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity. In total, the doctor faces thirteen federal criminal counts and, if convicted of the charges, could face life in prison.  

Any allegation that a person has engaged in unlawful sexual conduct – whether it involves sexual assault, sexual contact with minors, or any of a number of other types of sex crimes – is extremely serious and requires the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team has the experience and background to defend clients against a wide range of serious criminal charges in state and federal courts across New Jersey. If you have been accused of any type of sex crime, contact us immediately at 888.535.3686 or through our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your situation.   

The Charges in New York 

The indictment in the New York case accuses Dr. Paduch of abusing and assaulting a number of victims, including minors, in the course of providing them with what they believed was “necessary and appropriate medical treatment.” The indictment alleges that the doctor “claimed that he needed to touch victims in certain ways to provide medical treatment” but that instead “sexually abused and assaulted” the victims “for no legitimate purpose and for his own sexual gratification.”  

He is charged with seven counts of Inducement to Travel to Engage in Unlawful Sexual Activity, which makes it a crime to persuade or entice someone to engage in “any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with  a criminal offense.” Each of the alleged victims of these counts was a minor at the time they were allegedly induced by the doctor to travel to New York from “a state outside New York.” In each case, the doctor allegedly violated New York Penal Law Section 130.55, which prohibits sexual contact with another person without that person's consent. If convicted, the doctor faces up to 20 years in prison for each of these counts.  

Dr. Paduch is also charged with six counts of Inducement of a Minor to Engage in an Unlawful Sexual Activity. This makes it a crime to induce someone under the age of 18 to engage in “any sexual activity” for which “any person can be charged with a criminal offense,” in this case, the same New York Penal Law section 130.55. A conviction on these counts can result in a sentence of at least 10 years in prison and up to life.  

The Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team Can Help 

Sex crime charges can be devastating, even in cases where the defendant is eventually exonerated. If you have been accused of any kind of a sex crime in New Jersey, you need the help of an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who can not only defend you in court but help defend you in the press.  

The Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team has years of experience helping defend and protect the rights of clients across New Jersey who have been accused of serious crimes. Our attorneys understand that in addition to an effective and forceful defense, our clients often need help managing negative press coverage that often accompanies allegations of serious criminal behavior. In addition, our attorneys regularly help clients who hold professional licenses protect their licenses in any disciplinary proceedings that may be filed as a result of the criminal charges against them.  

If you are facing state or federal criminal charges in New Jersey, contact the Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team today to learn how we can help. Call us at 888.535.3686, or schedule a confidential consultation using our online form. When your future is at stake, the Lento Law Firm is here to deliver an effective and experienced defense.  

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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