It’s been more than a year since a Merced pediatrician charged with molesting three autistic children apparently jumped bail and disappeared. Authorities say the search continues.
Carlos G. Teran Miranda, 36, pleaded not guilty to molesting three children and secretly recording people using the bathroom at Golden Valley Health Centers on Childs Avenue in Merced. The alleged molestations occurred in the fall of 2014 during medical examinations. A camera was discovered in February 2015 in a clinic restroom, according to prosecutors with the Merced County District Attorney’s Office.
“There’s still a warrant out for him and we’re working with the (U.S.) Justice Department and the FBI,” said Michel McKinney, the Merced County deputy district attorney prosecuting the case.
Teran Miranda was ordered on May 26, 2015, to stand trial following a preliminary hearing before Judge David W. Moranda in Merced County Superior Court. He posted a $475,000 bail bond and was released from custody a few hours after the preliminary hearing, according to court records.
The pediatrician was scheduled to appear in court again June 9, 2015, but never showed up.
A $3 million warrant was issued for his arrest.
If convicted, Teran Miranda faces up to 12 years and eight months in prison, and would be forced to register as a sex offender for life, prosecutors confirmed.
Teran Miranda was arrested Feb. 3 after a camera hidden in a flower arrangement was discovered on the back of a toilet in the clinic’s pediatric unit.
Footage taken from the camera showed Teran Miranda setting the device into the arrangement and several people, including children, using the restroom, according to a Merced police report.
Following his arrest in February last year, Teran Miranda formally agreed not to practice medicine and also surrendered his Bolivian passport, according to court records.
According to California Department of Consumer Affairs records, Teran Miranda graduated from the Greater University of San Simón in Bolivia in 2004.
The Medical Board of California in October revoked Teran Miranda’s medical license, citing sexual misconduct, gross negligence, corruption and dishonesty as causes for discipline. According to medical board documents, Teran Miranda did not respond to the board’s accusation notice and waived his right to a formal hearing.
|Chowchilla News Day
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