PONTIAC (WXYZ) - A mother blasted a longtime friend and family pediatrician, who sexually abused her son for over a year.
It was a powerful and painful description of the damage Dr. Jeffrey Dembs has done to her boy and entire family, which the mom delivered at Dembs's sentencing hearing in Oakland County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
“Mr. Dembs stole my son from me, he stole his innocence, he manipulated my whole family. He manipulated many other families, all the while presenting himself to the public as a pediatrician,” said the mother, whose asked to remain anonymous to protect her son’s identity.
Dembs of West Bloomfield was a pediatrician for more than 40 years, and a trusted friend to the mom and her extended family for just as long. When her husband died of a brain tumor, Dembs offered to help out with her 11-year old son.
“He stepped in as a father figure to my son and gave him lavish gifts and weekend excursions. While at the time I looked at Mr. Dembs’s actions with much gratitude, I now understand that his actions were a calculated and premeditative plan to sexually abuse my 11-year old son for his own selfish pleasure,” said the mom.
During that time, he sexually abused the boy at least 70 times, according to the prosecutor.
“What does a young boy make of all this? I will tell you. This is a life sentence for my son,” said the mother.
And her son was not the only victim.
“As this case progressed, I have learned that Mr. Dembs did to my son, what he has done to my son, he has done several times to others before. He has been abusing young boys for over four decades,” she added.
Dembs was expressionless inside a packed courtroom where many came to support the victim’s family—and a few even applauded when the mom finished her statement.
When Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar asked Dembs if he wanted to speak, he declined. So the judge had the final word.
In her six years on the bench Kumar said she has had many child molesters in her court, but “…you, Mr. Dembs, are the worst of the worst when it comes to preying on young children.”
The judge could only give Dembs a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
“As I stated, you deserve a far worse sentence than you’re being given,” said Kumar. “The damage that you have caused so many young children and their families is incomprehensible to me. And I cannot believe that you have been given the gift of intelligence that you were given and you decided to use it for evil…”
The judge could only sentence Dembs to a maximum of 10 years in prison because he pleaded to lesser charges. The family agreed to the plea deal to spare their boy from having to testify at trial.
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