A doctor who specializes in pediatrics was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court on a 28-count indictment that includes felony sexual abuse charges.
Dr. David C. Plache, 49, of Auburn Avenue, Buffalo, is accused of improperly touching and molesting three young boys who were patients in his private practice, which had been located in a leased office in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Plache, a pediatric endocrinologist, also had practiced as a part-time staff member in the Buffalo Medical Group in Williamsville for just under a year.
No abuse had been reported at the Williamsville site, law enforcement officials said.
Plache faces 18 misdemeanor counts of third-degree sexual abuse in one case; five counts of third-degree sexual abuse in another case; and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse in a third case. He also is charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child and two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
He pleaded not guilty in County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza's court Wednesday morning and remains free on $13,000 bail.
The case began last October, when a 15-year-old boy came to Niagara Falls police to report Plache molested him. The doctor was charged in that case shortly afterward. More charges were made in November, including some involving a 10-year-old boy.
Plache has been banned since October from seeing patients by both the Buffalo Medical Group and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. His medical records have been forwarded to other doctors on the direction of his attorney.
Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the felony charges are based on the age of one of the children involved in the case.
As an endocrinologist, Plache most often worked with youths who suffer from diabetes and glandular problems.
The 15-year-old boy told detectives in October that for a little over a year, Plache met with him after hours and on weekends, made regular trips to the boy's home, had Thanksgiving dinner with the family and gave the boy gifts -- making improper sexual contact at both the boy's home and in his office.