Walter Reed Pediatrician Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Young Relatives

Police worry there are other victims, as the former pediatrician served at the center for decades.

Patch File Photo
Patch File Photo
A former military doctor at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been arrested after three female relatives came forward and said he had sexually abused them.

Leslie Boyd Altstatt, 83, reportedly abused the patients at various times during their youth, between 1964 and 1981. According to Montgomery County Police, Altstatt served as a researcher and a pediatrician.

"Obviously, with his access to children, we are concerned there may be additional victims,” Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti told WUSA9.

While Altstatt’s attorney denied that his client served as a pediatrician, an investigator in the case wrote, "When approached about the sexual abuse, Leslie Altstatt admitted he knew what he did was wrong, and he was sorry.”

Altstatt has been charged with five counts of committing a third degree sex offense, child abuse, and six counts of committing an unnatural and perverted sex practice, WUSA9 reported.

His mugshot shows him wearing an oxygen tube. He has been released on bond, and a preliminary hearing on the felony case is scheduled for May 23.
chris Wyatt April 29, 2014 at 01:06 PM
The picture is not Walter Reed Army Medical Center, it is the former National Naval Medical Center now called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been closed.He never worked at the facility pictured.
Adele Abrams April 29, 2014 at 01:07 PM
I have known this man through friends for years and he has never been a pediatrician to my knowledge. He has been a decent man in the 25 years I've known him. It is very curious why his kids would make the allegations now, 50 years after the first alleged event, while he is literally on his death bed (in hospice care) ...
Adele Abrams April 30, 2014 at 01:30 PM
The alleged crimes were 50 years ago and he is now on heavy medication and in hospice care. It is unclear that he understand what he is being charged with under the circumstances. Also remember: innocent until proven guilty under our system of jurisprudence.
Gisela Barry May 04, 2014 at 06:47 AM
He worked for us as a researcher. He was arrogant and extremely disrespectful towards the head of the company. That was early 80ties.
jodreydb May 04, 2014 at 06:59 AM
My father was career military, and I was an "Army brat". I was treated at Walter Reed Army Hospital as a child, and decades later my father died there. This was in Washington, DC. The premises now known as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center were, in my childhood, known as Bethesda Navy Hospital. My stepmother, the widow of my father, has been treated at WRNMMC recently. It is modern and spacious, and suitable for its purpose. I hope to never set foot there again, but time will tell.


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