Emotions ran high outside a federal courtroom in Spokane, as a local doctor charged with child rape appeared in court Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Craig Morgenstern is an emergency room physician at the Spokane Veterans Hospital. He is charged in U.S. District Court and Stevens County Superior Court with sedating and sexually assaulting a child and videotaping the encounters. Investigators found hundreds of pictures in his home of juvenile boys in various stages of undress. Morgenstern nearly posted bail in Stevens County last week, but was arrested by federal marshals. Thursday was the first opportunity for him to argue that he should be released on bail.
Before the courtroom opened, several people gathered outside. One woman, who identified herself as a parent in the case, had to be warned by marshals not to let her emotions get the best of her. When she saw Morgenstern, she fell to her knees and began sobbing.
When the courtroom opened, the woman sat just 15 feet away from Dr. Morgenstern and stared at him, shaking her head. He never made eye contact.
The bail hearing was over before it began, when Dr.