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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) An Indiana doctor has been charged, accused of trading pills for sexwith at least one patient, according to court documents uncovered by I Team 8.
Dr. Tristan Stonger, a board certified physician with practices in Peru, Indianapolis and Bloomington, was arrested Monday and is facing several felony charges.
According to the petition filed by the Attorney General office, Stonger developed a sexual relationship with at least one patient. The probable cause affidavit indicates that over the course of a year and a half, Stonger wrote 46 controlled substance prescriptions for that patient.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said that Stonger distributed hydrocodone, morphine and amphetamine to patient with no medical purpose. It believed that he had a sexual relationship with that patient.
Curry said it disturbing that a medical professional would aid in a cycle of addiction.
Stonger made his first court appearance on Tuesday. When asked by 24 Hour News 8 if he had anything to say about the allegations, he said, ma Dr. Stonger is being held on seven charges, six of which are felonies.
The documents claim that Patient 1 began seeing Stonger about three years ago. She would allegedly meet him at his home in Bloomington as well as his various offices to have sex in exchange for prescriptions for pain medication.
were distributed to a patient without any legitimate medical purpose and were done so while engaging in a sexual relationship with that patient, said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.
The woman allegedly told investigators that she repeatedly asked for an MRI, but Dr. Stonger did not listen to her medical needs and instead increased her controlled substance prescriptions.
The documents also claim that a former employee said Stonger had patients who could be seen without an appointment and did not have to wait. The employee alleged that the appointments would happen behind a locked door for an extended period of time.
Patient No. 1 recorded on her cell phone a sexual interaction that happened just two weeks ago, according to the probable cause affidavit. The woman then received three prescriptions after the appointment and was not billed. The document also states that after the DEA contact him,
he asked the woman to lie, stating: you don lie to them, I lose everything. I will lose my license because of this. You my patient. I your doctor. They will take my license away from me because of this. DeBorde has been a patient of Stonger for about six years. He says the allegations don line up with what he knows of Stonger. does not over medicate. He goes by the book and he treats first of all by standard ways. calls the allegations ridiculous and says Stonger prefers looking for solutions to pain instead of prescribing medication.
a] professional doctor. He not some moron who would ruin his career over this. I know he wouldn I just know by his character, he said.
When we asked Curry if more allegations and charges could come, he said it an ongoing investigation in all counties.
Records indicate that or about May 2013, [Stonger] began treating Patient 1. Sometime in late 2014, [Stoner] pursued a sexual relationship with Patient 1. Patient 1 has stated that she complied with [Stonger requests because she felt obligated in order to receive prescriptions from [him]. [Stonger requests for sexual contact with Patient 1 have continued to the present time, according to documents filed with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
Dr. Tristan Stonger (Provided Photo/IMPD)
The petition also alleges that on or about March 28, 2016, that same patient went to the medical office of Stonger for the purposes of getting controlled substances. Patient 1 made an audio recording of her time in the office, the records state.
moments of walking into the exam room with Patient 1, (Stonger) makes sexual advances towards her and ultimately has her perform a sex act on him in the office. At the termination of the appointment, (Stonger) provides Patient 1 with three prescriptions for controlled substances. the drugs she obtained were: Lyrica, Oxycodone and Adderall.
The Indiana Attorney General petition also alleges that a former office staffer of Dr. Stonger raised concerns that Stonger was in inappropriate sexual activities in the office and failing to appropriately care for his patients. employee later told investigators that she had concerns that Stonger had patients with whom he would spend an unusual amount of time in an exam room. That employee further stated that Stonger would lock the door when he was with these special female patients and instruct staff not to knock on the door if it is locked. She reported that it to her that these patients received more narcotic medications than other patients, the records state.
The petition goes on to state that on April 11,
2016 Stonger was charged with six felonies based on dealing or dispensing controlled substances specifically related to what he provided Patient 1 in February and March of 2016.