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Wisconsin State Journal
Psychiatrist charged with child porn possession gives up medical license
March 05, 2013
By David Wahlberg

Psychiatrist David Israelstam

Psychiatrist David Israelstam

A Madison psychiatrist charged last week with two counts of possession of child pornography has surrendered his medical license.

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board on Tuesday accepted the surrender of Dr. David Israelstam’s license after he requested the surrender Friday.

Israelstam, 73, has stopped practicing medicine and doesn’t intend to resume the practice, the medical board said.

“It was a logical time for him to turn in his license,” said Israelstam’s attorney, David Relles, who confirmed the doctor is no longer practicing.

Last Thursday, he was released on a signature bond after being charged in Dane County Circuit Court.

According to a criminal complaint, a former patient who worked on Israelstam’s computers told police he discovered videos, which appeared to have been covertly recorded in the doctor’s office, showing him having sex with adult women.

Police searched Israelstam’s Madison home and found images of child pornography in binders and on a computer hard drive and DVD.

Investigators also found digital images of adolescent girls in provocative poses, taken in the doctor’s office.

The medical board previously reprimanded Israelstam twice for other incidents.

The board reprimanded him in 2011 for asking a female patient three years earlier if she wanted to have a relationship with a man with Asperger’s syndrome.

In 2000, the board reprimanded the doctor for hugging a female patient several times while she was hospitalized in 1995 and telling her about problems he had with his mother, ex-wife and daughter. In that incident, St. Mary’s Hospital also suspended his clinical privileges until he later resigned them.