Judge: Orthodontist Accused Of Fondling Patient Can Treat Underage Clients

CHICAGO (STMW) – An elderly orthodontist accused of fondling a 13-year-old patient will be allowed to treat underage clients at his Northwest Side office, a Cook County judge ruled Monday.

However, Judge Donald Panarese warned that Ernest Panos must be accompanied by a licensed nurse when he is with any patient under the age of 18 while he remains free on bond.

Panarese modified conditions of Panos’ bond after Panos’ attorney argued that the 80-year-old Harwood Heights man should be allowed to make a living.

Ninety percent of Panos’ patients are under 18 and since he was charged late last month, he has had to turn down helping children with painful root canals and “bleeding mouths from messed up wires on their braces,” Brunell Donald-Kyei said.

“He has a right to work even in the face of the allegations,” she said.

Assistant state’s attorney Kathleen Muldoon argued that Panos should not be working with any children under any condition, pointing out that there was complaint that was “sexual in nature” filed against Panos with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations in 1990.

Muldoon did not elaborate. According to department records, Panos was never disciplined for any wrongdoing.

Last August, a teenage girl said Panos pressed down on her breasts with his arms and fondled her for several minutes while she sat in a dental chair at his office at 4849 N. Milwaukee Ave.

During the exam, Panos allegedly told the girl, then 13, that she was “gorgeous and hot” and blew kisses at her. The two were alone when the assault occurred, prosecutors said.

Panos was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • CSJ

    For one….why would anyone go to an 80 year old orthodontist? Number two, why would a demented judge allow him to continue to practice after fondling a 13 yr old child? This man is a pedofile and the judge should be removed!!! It seem like the laws are ment to protect the guilty…..and that is supported in this case.

    • Ricky

      You are right. Many judges should not be judges at all, because they have society mess up with their demonizing character. Shame on this weirdo judge. Also judges need to have criminal background checks to see if they are with reality.


    1) Just because he’s 80, doesn’t make him bad.

    2) 20 years ago – no charges ever filed – “innocent until proven guilty” or “due process” ring a bell with you?

    • Wendy

      I agree with CSJ! What the Hell is wrong with this judge!!!
      If you agree with this judge then maybe you should let him treat your child or grandchild!

  • Tom

    Hey, Reason. You don’t happen to be in the same boat as Panos, do you? Birds of a feather……….

  • Roberta Waker

    The Judge is crazy for allowing this man to treat ANY minors even in the presence of a nurse. The Judge should be dismissed. As far as treating children; any parent allowing their children to go anywhere NEAR this man should be jailed for child endangerment.

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