Ann Arbor pediatrician accused of window peeping takes leave of absence
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A veteran Ann Arbor pediatrician accused of going to a girl's home and looking through a window, watching as she changed her clothing, has taken a leave of absence from IHA Child Health — Ann Arbor, the company said in a statement today.
Dr. Howard Bruce Weinblatt, 65, of Ann Arbor, is charged with four counts of surveilling an unclothed person and two counts of window peeping.
"We have just learned of allegations against Dr. Howard Weinblatt arising from his personal life," the statement says. "We therefore have accepted his request for a leave of absence effective immediately. We trust the authorities to do a complete and thorough investigation. We understand this is a difficult time for all involved. At this time, we have no further comment."
Officials at the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said this morning that Weinblatt's license to practice medicine is active and no action has been taken against it. Weinblatt has been licensed to practice medicine in the state for more than 34 years. Sherri White, a department manager in the Allegation Section of the Health Investigation Division of the Bureau of Health Professions, said no one has made a complaint about Weinblatt. One of her staff members is monitoring the case, she said.
If someone is convicted of a felony or high-court misdemeanor, their license can be suspended, she said. White also said someone's license can be suspended if they are deemed a threat to the public. She said she doesn't have enough information to say whether she believes Weinblatt poses a threat to the public.
"As long as we haven't taken any action against his license he can continue to practice," she said.
Weinblatt, who is out on a promise to appear, is scheduled to return to court Wednesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.