Former pediatrician’s sentencing delayed

January 31, 2019

The sentencing of disgraced former Johnstown pediatrician Johnnie Wilson Barto has been delayed until March 18.

Barto was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in the Cambria County Courthouse in Ebensburg on 47 child abuse offenses.

The 71-year-old Barto practiced in Cambria and Somerset counties.

Barto pleaded guilty in December to multiple counts of indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault and endangering the welfare of children in three cases. According to court documents, his young victims were his clients and his family members. The abuse occurred in his office and at family gatherings.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Simquita Bridges requested the sentencing postponement Friday, and Cambria County Judge Patrick Kiniry granted the request Monday.

Barto’s medical license has been suspended.

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