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Tennessee doctor sentenced for distributing drugs in exchange for sex

A Middle Tennessee emergency medical doctor was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2019 to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substance.
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 7:20 PM EST
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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Middle Tennessee emergency medical doctor was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2019 to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substance.

A report from the Department of Justice said 51-year-old Lawrence Valdez admitted to investigators that he distributed oxymorphone to a patient without a legitimate medical reason in February 2017.

He also admitted to distributing schedule II opioids to four different patients without a legitimate medical reason on 16 other occasions between June 2016 and February 2017 and in exchange for sexual intercourse and other sex acts with those patients.

The release said Valdez' sentence would be followed by three years of supervised release.

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