Physician's Assistant Charged With Child Molestation

Federal agents say 38-year-old Brandon Schroth is seen in digital files touching minors

By Nicole Gonzales
|  Friday, Nov 30, 2012  |  Updated 10:39 AM PDT
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FBI agents have accused a San Diego man of taking lewd photos of young girls. NBC 7 reporter Nicole Gonzales talked to his neighbor Rica Kennedy about living next door to an accused sex offender.

FBI agents have accused a San Diego man of taking lewd photos of young girls. NBC 7 reporter Nicole Gonzales talked to his neighbor Rica Kennedy about living next door to an accused sex offender.

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FBI agents arrested a San Diego man accused of taking pictures and video with young naked girls.
He worked as a physician's assistant at the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park

“It's tragic, repulsive, and I think would make most people sick to their stomach,” FBI Spokesperson April Langwell said.

Federal agents say 38-year-old Brandon Schroth is seen in digital files touching minors.

“They’re staged on a mattress in a bed.  There were video depictions of him in a bathtub naked with two pre-pubescent girls,” Langwell said. “Very young 8 to 9 year-old girls.  There is no doubt they are engaging in child pornography.”

He once worked as a physician's assistant at the Commander, Naval Air Forces.

Rica Kennedy lived next door to Schroth for a year and a half, until he moved out of the Mission Valley apartment last month.

“I was shocked because he's in the military and I think he works at the hospital.  I hope he's not...I'm just shocked,” Kennedy said. “That's scary.  Especially here at this complex, there are a lot of kids here.”

Schroth is being charged with two counts of child sex exploitation. His detention hearing is set for March 8.

Editor's note: We originally reported that Schroth worked at the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park, instead of Commander, Naval Air Forces. NBC regrets the error.

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