WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A pediatrician who practiced in Pennsylvania has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in Warren County, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Moshe E. Markowitz, 47, of Allentown was charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child for engaging in sexual conduct which would impair or debauch the morals of a child.
The investigation began in early January of 2023 after a student at the Warren Hills Regional High School reported to the School Resource Officer that a friend was in an inappropriate relationship with a 47-year-old man, authorities said.
The investigation revealed that a minor female had allegedly met Markowitz on the app, Omegel which promotes the ability to speak to strangers, prosecutor’s office said.
Markowitz, using an alias “Steven Jones”, allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations with the minor female on the app, Discord. The Investigation identified Markowitz as the individual involved in the inappropriate conversations, authorities said.
On March 14, a search warrant was executed at Markowitz’s residence in Allentown. The home was searched and his electronic devices were seized, prosecutor’s office said.
Law enforcement were able to uncover from the electronic devices the online chats which revealed graphic, sexually charged conversations. Authorities were able to correlate the chats to Markowitz, prosecutor’s office said.
It was learned that Markowitz was a practicing pediatrician in the Allentown area employed by the Lehigh Valley Health Network, authorities said.
The investigation was conducted by the Washington Township Police Department, the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, Allentown Police Department and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.