Former Children’s Mercy doctor awaits sentencing after plea in sexual misconduct case

Mark Hoeltzel

DETROIT — A former Children’s Mercy Hospital doctor accused of possessing child pornography and inappropriate conduct with young patients in Michigan is awaiting a prison sentence after reaching a plea agreement.

The Ann Arbor News reports 46-year-old Mark Hoeltzel of Ann Arbor pleaded guilty last week in federal court to one felony count of enticement of a minor. Records say he created a Facebook account in 2017 to contact girls while pretending to be a teenage boy.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 13. A pre-sentencing report calls for him to serve 14-17 years in prison.

Hoeltzel was arrested in February after being treated for sex addiction. State regulators suspended the pediatric rheumatology specialist’s license in December.

Hoeltzel practiced at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, before going to the University of Michigan in 2013. The pediatric rheumatologist worked at Children’s Mercy between 2007 and 2013.

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