Local psychiatrist charged with possessing child porn

73-year-old released on $1,000 bond

Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:33:34 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 02 2013 05:08:24 PM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

A Madison psychiatrist has been charged with two felony counts of possession of child pornography.

David Israelstam, 73, was released on signature bond of $500 for each count Thursday, according to court records.

A criminal complaint said Madison police found several binders and at least 64 images of child porn in the home of Israelstam. At least one of the photos, displaying an underage girl holding her shirt up and posing for the camera, appeared to be taken in his residence. Other photos displayed children posing in Israelstam’s office.

Other evidence includes videos of Israelstam having sexual relations with patients in his office. The complaint said a former patient of Israelstam’s was working on the psychiatrist’s computer when he found the videos.

According to the complaint, the former patient said Israelstam had taped the instances with a video pen located inside his shirt pocket. Israelstam had initially asked the man to help him set up the video pen and a webcam, but he refused.

The man also told police Israelstam had a large collection of pornography in his vehicle and at his residence.

According to court records, Israelstam is prohibited from having contact with the former patient and children under the age of 18. He can have contact with his grandchildren only if supervised by two adults. Israelstam is also prohibited from Internet and electronic communication use.