Hartford HealthCare physician facing child exploitation charges found dead

A physician with Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare who was charged in connection with a child sexual exploitation investigation by the FBI and the Meriden (Conn.) Police Department has died, the Hartford Courant reported March 13. 

John Magaldi, MD, who was chief of rheumatology at the Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital, was arrested and charged with sexual contact with a victim under 16, second degree sexual assault, commercial sexual abuse of a minor and interfering with police, according to a March 11 Meridian Police Department Facebook post

The state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Dr. Magaldi's death and plans to conduct an autopsy, according to the publication. Dr. Magaldi's body was found after state police were notified of an unresponsive individual in Litchfield, Conn., the morning of March 13. Dr. Magaldi was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Dr. Magaldi's cause of death is unknown, but state police said they do not believe there was a criminal aspect to his death, according to the Courant

​"The news of the arrest and death of Dr. John Magaldi is deeply troubling," Hartford HeathCare said in a statement shared with  the Courant. "We are ensuring all patients will continue to be cared for, and we are providing support for our colleagues."

Dr. Magaldi was placed on administrative leave following his arrest, according to a spokesperson for the health system.

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