A dirty dentist was arrested on Wednesday accused of doling out prescription drugs in exchange for sex from vulnerable female drug addicts.
Dr Barry Arnold, 70 and from New York, received sexual favours at home and in his office and wrote illegal prescriptions for Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax in return, police say.
According to court documents, Dr Arnold handed out at least 28 prescriptions to six different women between 2016 and 2020. It has also been reported that he took drugs with the victims and bought crack cocaine to use whilst they partied.
He was able to pay his $200,000 bail and is now allowed to resume his dental work, although he isn't allowed to dispense prescriptions for controlled substances.
If found guilty Dr Arnold faces up to 20 years in prison.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis said: "As alleged, Dr Arnold abused his position as a dentist and preyed upon vulnerable, drug-addicted women, trading prescriptions for sex acts.
"We are committed to vigorous prosecution of medical professionals who abdicate their Hippocratic Oath and contribute to the rise of drug abuse and addiction in our communities."
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The sex acts allegedly occurred at his former office in the Lynbrook area of New York, his current office in Valley Stream, and at his home in Williston Park, Long Island.
Suffolk County Police Department's acting commissioner Stuart Cameron said: "During the course of close to four years, Dr Arnold used his ability to write prescriptions to take advantage of those struggling with addiction for his own personal indulgences.
"While this doctor should have held himself to a higher standard, our officers on the DEA'S Long Island Tactical Diversion Squad will continue to hold those in medical practice accountable for illegal actions and I would like to commend the Eastern District of New York for making a difference in the opioid epidemic."
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The substances that Dr Arnold prescribed for sex were all opioids, a group of drugs that have caused addictions and overdoses at crisis levels in the US.
Opioid overdose deaths peaked there last year at 93,331.
The dentist hasn't denied the allegations and his lawyer is yet to offer any defence.
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