Former pediatrician in child porn case must pay ex-partner $94,558
Stonington - Former pediatrician Todd Parrilla, who is scheduled to begin serving a five-year federal prison term next week for possessing vast amounts of child pornography, has been ordered to pay $94,558 to his partner in the former Westone Pediatrics.
Dr. Jeniffer Campo of Rhinebeck, N.Y., obtained the judgment through court-approved arbitration and now has placed liens on Parrilla's home at 40 Pellegrino Road and on their former office in Anguilla Park.
According to court documents, Parrilla must make 15 annual installments of $6,303 in principal plus interest to Campo. She originally had sought more than $171,000 - her portion of the value of the practice, back pay and reimbursement for malpractice tail insurance, which covers any lawsuits after a doctor leaves a practice.
Campo had charged that, unbeknownst to her, when she signed a contract to become Parrilla's partner in 2007, he already was collecting child pornography, according to statements he gave to federal investigators. Had Parrilla disclosed this fact, she said, she have would never agreed to practice with him. The once-thriving practice, which had thousands of patients, has since closed.
Parrilla came to the attention of authorities in July 2011, when an undercover law enforcement officer in Kansas City, Mo., logged into a publicly available Internet file sharing program and downloaded 104 images of child pornography from a shared directory maintained by Parrilla.
On Aug. 23, 2011, Parrilla was arrested after the FBI searched his home and seized two computers, three detachable hard drives, computer-related components and numerous printed child pornography images.
Parrilla had more than 100,000 images of child pornography on his computers, as well as 10,000 videos, some depicting prepubescent children and some including scenes of sadism and masochism. He faced up to 20 years in prison when he was sentenced in October. He surrendered his medical license in August.
Parrilla is slated to begin serving his sentence on Jan. 4. When the sentence is complete, he faces a lifetime of supervised release and registration as a sexual offender. He also must pay a $10,000 fine.
In an affidavit, Campo said that after Parrilla's arrest and faced with the task of running a busy practice, she attempted to access the practice's bank accounts, which Parrilla controlled. She said he refused to give her access and also had mail rerouted to him by a staff member, depriving her of financial knowledge of the corporation.
Faced with concerns from parents of patients and with Parilla's his refusal to help manage the crisis in their office, Campo gave notice in September 2011 that she would be leaving the practice three months later. Under her agreement with Parrilla, she was entitled to half the worth of the practice, which had been valued at $370,000 minus a 25 percent discount.
Campo alleged that Parrilla then tried to thwart her attempt to recoup her portion by immediately retiring while continuing to control the finances. In November 2011, she said, Parrilla changed the office's alarm codes so she could not access the building. She then obtained a $200,000 prejudgment remedy in New London Superior Court to protect her interests.
Campo's attorney, Richard Weinstein of West Hartford, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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