Stonington pediatrician Todd M. Parrilla, who has spent a career providing medical care for kids, is now forbidden to have contact with anyone under 18 except for his own niece and nephew.
At age 47, he is once again being supervised by his parents, Kenneth and Linda Parrilla, of Westerly, who co-signed a $500,000 bond Friday that enabled their son to be released from federal detention. Kenneth Parrilla is a Westerly town councilor.
Parrilla, who is accused of possessing, receiving and distributing hundreds of images of child pornography, is forbidden to use the Internet and will be confined to his home at 40 Pellegrino Road except for medical and legal appointments and court appearances.
He will be taking a leave of absence from his medical practice but may be allowed to go to the office, after hours and with supervision, to update his patients' medical records.
During a detention hearing in federal court in Hartford Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith ordered that Parrilla be monitored electronically by federal probation officers and appointed the doctor's parents as third-party custodians. The parents are required to spend time at Parrilla's home each day.
The magistrate said there is no evidence indicating any of the pictures seized from Parrilla were of patients, or that patients have been victimized. The photographs in Parrilla's possession were of boys, many of them between the ages of 7 and 12.
The judge addressed public-safety issues, then wanted to make sure that Parrilla was not a threat to himself.
The doctor, who had been held at the Donald W. Wyatt Federal Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., was evaluated by two mental-health professionals from the Hartford area before the hearing began.
"You haven't had any kind of self-destructive ideation?" Smith asked Parrilla, who had been led into the hearing room in chains and was wearing tan prison scrubs.
No, Parrilla answered.
The judge told him he has seen many cases of this kind involving all kinds of professionals.
"Eventually, this will all be behind you," Smith said. "You're just going to have to deal with it. It's not going to be easy."
"Thank you," said Parrilla.
Parrilla is subject to mental-health counseling and treatment at the direction of the U.S. Probation Office.
Forensic analysis of computer components seized from Parrilla has not been completed, but preliminary analysis of key fob cameras seized has revealed no surreptitious recordings of patients, according to the FBI.
News of Parrilla's arrest this week shocked the community, including parents of his patients and his medical partner, Dr. Jeniffer Campo. Parrilla has practiced medicine for more than 20 years and is the managing partner of Westone Pediatrics, at 20 South Anguilla Road in Pawcatuck.
Parrilla had been caring for 2,500 of the practice's 4,000 patients and will be allowed, with supervision, to update their medical records after business hours.
Otherwise, he will have no access to computers or the Internet under the terms of his release.
While some parents of Parrilla's patients said this week that they had immediately found new doctors for their children, Campo issued a statement saying the practice would remain open.
Parrilla, who was on staff at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case, according to a hospital spokeswoman. He is still licensed to practice medicine in Connecticut, and his attorney, Alan Sobol, noted he has never been the subject of any complaints or malpractice lawsuits.
If convicted of possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, a maximum sentence of 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000.