Dr pleads no contest in peeping case

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Prosecutors released a key piece of evidence Thursday against an Ann Arbor pediatrician — a video a mother recorded that she says shows the doctor watching her 12-year-old daughter change clothes.

The nearly 2-minute video was described in detail by a police detective seeking a warrant last fall to search the home of Dr. Howard Weinblatt, 65, who pleaded no contest under a plea agreement Tuesday to one felony count of surveilling an unclothed person.(credit: IHA Cares.com)

The girl’s mother told authorities she first caught Weinblatt watching her daughter change clothes from his bathroom on Oct. 18. She told her husband, and they were “very concerned,” court records said.

The mother said she observed the same thing Oct. 21. She said she put an iPad in her daughter’s room and used it to record Weinblatt’s bathroom window on Oct. 28. The recording appeared to show him masturbating while he looked toward her daughter’s window, according to the police report.

The mother told police she saw him watching her daughter change a fourth time Oct. 31, and after consulting with an attorney, she and her husband went to police. The mother gave police a copy of the video, the documents said.

The girl changes clothes in a walk-in closet in her bedroom, records show, and her house is about 11 feet from Weinblatt’s home.

Weinblatt’s two attorneys declined to comment on the video, and the Free Press couldn’t reach Weinblatt.

When Weinblatt was interviewed by police, he said he doesn’t look in people’s windows.

“I don’t know what this is all about. I’m floored,” said Weinblatt, who described his neighbors as “like family.”

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office released the video after the Free Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

The video shows a person — officials say they believe it is Weinblatt — looking out a window. There is a several-inch gap between the lower part of the window, which has frosted privacy glass, and the upper part that is covered by a blind.

“Weinblatt appears to be looking directly across from his window, which is into (the girl’s) closet window,” police said in the report.

Police noted the original iPad video was clearer than the copy, and said Weinblatt appeared to be masturbating in the video.

Police searched Weinblatt’s home on Olivia Avenue Nov. 22 and found more than 100 pornographic pictures that appeared to show children and teenagers on computers seized from the house.

Weinblatt resigned from his job at IHA Child Health-Ann Arbor. He will be sentenced March 6 and faces a maximum of two years in prison.

Prosecutors said the plea agreement spared the girl from testifying, and Weinblatt has a felony conviction.

Contact Elisha Anderson: 313-222-5144 or eanderson99@freepress.com

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