pediatrician in trouble"Mr Enema"

  1. 10 February 2003
    Adapted from The Intelligencer.

    Is Dr. Alva "Jim" Hartwright a pedophile? The 63-year-old former pediatrician said it depends which definition is used: the legal one or his own.

    "The legal definition, no," Hartwright said. "But my own definition, yes. My own definition (of pedophile) is a man who loves boys."

    And the enemas he forced the children to undergo? "The enemas were medically necessary," he said.

    Hartwright, of Morrisville, Pa., made that statement just moments after pleading guilty in Bucks County Court on Thursday to sexually molesting two boys and collecting more than 6,000 images of child pornography. Most of the photos and computer images depicted children receiving enemas.

    District Attorney Diane Gibbons said Hartwright's words and actions show that there's little chance he can be rehabilitated.

    "This man does not understand, or just refuses to understand, that this is criminal conduct," she said.

    Hartwright was arrested in June following an investigation that began when a 6-year-old Maryland boy who had previously lived with Hartwright told police that he'd seen naked photos of himself and other children at Hartwright's home.

    Police searched the Hamilton Avenue house and found rooms strewn with animal and human feces, rotting food and insects. A loaded gun and ammunition also were found.

    Two boys, ages 11 and 14, were taken from the house and placed in foster care.

    Hartwright and a 22-year-old man who lived with him were arrested. Charges against the younger man, Michael Watts, were later dropped. Gibbons said an investigation showed that Watts also was once a victim of Hartwright.

    The children told the police they had been living with Hartwright for several years and that they didn't attend school. They said Hartwright gave them enemas at least three times a week.

    Police found thousands of computer files, Polaroid pictures and digital photos of boys in sexually explicit poses. Child pornography magazines and books, including a copy of "Boys for Sale," also were found.

    Hartwright admitted being involved in the publication of child pornography magazines in the past, Gibbons said, but there was no evidence that he was involved while he lived in Morrisville.

    Inside the computer, police found evidence that Hartwright frequented Internet chatrooms devoted to child pornography. His Web moniker was "Mr. Enema" and his computer password was "enema."

    Gibbons said Hartwright admitted to having an obsession with enemas since puberty. She said Hartwright had been molesting children for more than 30 years, finding most of his victims in impoverished neighborhoods.

    Hartwright moved to Morrisville in 1999, but he has lived all over the country, she said, sometimes recruiting older teens to scour the streets for young boys to bring home.

    Hartwright also sought out drug-addicted mothers and convinced them to relinquish custody of their boys to him. He took some of the children to Germany where, he told police, it's easier to have a romantic relationship with a boy.

    Gibbons told county Judge Kenneth Biehn on Thursday that while in the county prison, Hartwright contacted Dawn Witts, the Children and Youth social service agency representative assigned to the case. Witts visited Hartwright in prison to see what he wanted, Gibbons said.

    "He repeatedly wept and begged to see (one of the victims). He said having sexual activity with children was a good thing, that if she looked at the faces of the children in the photos she would see that they were enjoying it," Gibbons said.

    Witts said after the hearing in county court in Doylestown that she couldn't talk about the case because of confidentiality laws. But of her visit with Hartwright, she said, "It was frightening."

    >Great googely moogely.....What a sick pup.......
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  3. by   Kayzee
    This is totally disgusting. I hope they lock him up for good.
  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    I hope they lock him up for good

    Actually, I feel that is to lenient for him.

    But, I also believe in the swift administration of the death penalty, instead of dragging it out for years.

  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse

    I pray justice will be done and that all the boys he's hurt can be helped. Many must be adults now.

    He may get some of his own "medicine" from the other inmates in prison.
  6. by   atownsendrn
    Sick, sick man. I think maybe the death penalty would be to easy for this man.

    Perhaps the order should read
    Fleets enema TID with a garden hose
  7. by   CountrifiedRN
    It's times like this that I really miss using curse words here. I have a few choice ones in my mind right now.

  8. by   fourbirds4me
    I wonder how common this is.... There was a pediatrician arrested in our town recently for several cases of forcible sodomy...... I am appalled
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Times like this when I could forget my human, compassionate side and wish I could do some really unthinkable things to people like this. I become so angry, my thoughts frighten me in times like this. I read only about 1/3 of the article and quit. I can't handle it.
  10. by   nursenoelle
    Man, that's one sick somebody...

    They need to put his butt under the jail.
  11. by   Gator,SN
    Reading this made me sick! I hope that those poor kids will get the help that they need and for him, death penalty, sounds good!

  12. by   imenid37
    how disgusting!
  13. by   katscan
    What a pervert! I hope they lock him up somewhere where he can be administered a certain type of jail house justice, if you know what I mean!
  14. by   nessa1982
    They Should put him in jail, and a huge harry man named Bubba shoud rape him 3x aday, and they should take pictures to see if he "enjoyed it". UGh sicko!