Case against Ann Arbor pediatrician accused of window peeping is postponed until Jan. 4
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A preliminary hearing in the case against an Ann Arbor pediatrician accused of window peeping and watching a 12-year-old girl change her clothing was adjourned Wednesday afternoon until Jan. 4.
Dr. Howard Bruce Weinblatt, 65, is facing four counts of surveilling an unclothed person and two counts of window peeping.
Weinblatt is accused of window peeping on Olivia Avenue, where he lives, and watching the girl change her clothing on four occasions between Oct. 18 and Oct. 31, court records say. His attorney, Larry Margolis, has said Weinblatt is accused of looking out the window of his own home.
During a hearing Wednesday afternoon at 14A District Court, Judge Christopher Easthope granted a request by Margolis to adjourn the case, so Margolis has more time to review discovery. Weinblatt was not required to appear after signing a form waiving his right to a preliminary hearing within 14 days. At that hearing, prosecutors must show there is probable cause a crime was committed and that Weinblatt committed it.
Ann Arbor police have released few details about the case. Last Tuesday, investigators executed a search warrant at Weinblatt's home and arrested him. Police seized a computer, but declined to say why.
Weinblatt, who is married, has taken a leave of absence from IHA Child Health - Ann Arbor, where he has worked for years, the company said Tuesday. State licensing officials said Weinblatt can continue to practice medicine while the criminal case is pending.
"He's eager to get this thing in court and clear his name," Margolis said after today's hearing.