Steven B. Schwartz, a neurosurgeon who practiced in Rapid City before leaving the state in 2008, will spend up to 23 months in jail for possessing child pornography.
Schwartz was sentenced today in a Berks County, Pa. courtroom after pleading guilty this summer to one count of possessing child pornography. He was among 13 people rounded up in a child porn sweep in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2014, charged with possessing and disseminating child porn.
Schwartz’s career in South Dakota was marked by controversy. He was sued numerous times, accused of botching spine surgeries. The South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners forced him to undergo additional training.
Ultimately, he abandoned South Dakota, moving to Pennsylvania.
In an odd fluke, another former Rapid City neurosurgeon who practiced at the same time as Schwartz was charged last week with two counts of sexual imposition and luring minor girls under age 15. Marc Eichler was released in Minot, N.D. after he posted $250,000 bail.
The South Dakota medical licenses for Schwartz and Eichler expired in 2008.
Schwartz could be eligible for parole after six months, Berks County Assistant District Attorney Meg McCallum said in an email. He will also serve five years on probation upon his release.