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Madison psychiatrist investigated for months, charged with possessing child porn

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Sixteen months after finding child pornography on a Madison psychiatrist's computer, charges have been filed. Madison police also found videos of Dr. David Israelstam engaging in sexual acts with young women in his office.

According to the criminal complaint, a former patient and computer technician of Israelstam first found images of child pornography and discretely filmed sexual videos on Israelstam's office computer. Police started their investigation in September of 2011.

Part of the complaint reads that, "64 full color images of adolescent females in various provocative poses with some wearing revealing clothing, which had been taken in the defendant's office."

The investigation lasted several months. Police say both the Department of Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration were involved in the case. The report was then submitted to the district attorney's office in April of 2012.

When asked why it took his office so long to process charges, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne declined to comment stating he has been focused on the trial for Chad Chritton all week and wasn't brought up to speed on Israelstam's status.

Thursday morning Israelstam was charged with two felony counts of child pornography and was released on signature bond. His representatives say his license to practice remains active and he'll be back in his office in the 300 block of Whitney Way on Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is where Israelstam and other psychiatrists and professionals obtain their licenses and renew them with the state.  They released a statement Thursday evening saying, "we have received this complaint and it is open for investigation as an immediate priority. Appropriate action will be taken, as allowed by law, to protect the public."

State records show that Israelstam has been reprimanded twice for sexual-related conduct in the past. On Thursday the court ordered Israelstam to have no contact with anyone under 18. He's also barred from using any device capable of accessing the Internet.

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MADISON (WKOW) --A Madison psychiatrist was charged Thursday with two counts of possession of child pornography, although records show police investigators found the images, and videotape of the psychiatrist engaging in sexual acts with women in his office, sixteen months ago.

David Israelstam was released on a signature bond. 

Israelstam's license from the state of Wisconsin remains active, although he's been disciplined twice. Israelstam's representative said Israelstam's expected back at work Monday.

Court documents state investigators found child pornography and videotapes made with a concealed camera in Israelstam's office during a police search in October 2011. Records also state officers found color photographs of girls in provocative poses. Documents state the photographs were taken in Israelstam's office.

Madison police spokesperson Joel DeSpain told 27 News referred police reports on Israelstam to the Dane County District Attorney's office April 26, 2012.

State records show, Israelstam was reprimanded for suggesting a 21-year old sex abuse victim-patient consider a sexual relationship with a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Israelstam was also reprimanded for expressing a sexual interest in a 36-year old patient. 

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