Doctor accused of trading pills for sex accepts indefinite suspension of medical license

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4 Fast Facts

  • Dr. Tristan Stonger's medical license suspended indefinitely
  • Attorney General filed emergency motion to suspend his license
  • Stonger is accused of trading prescription drugs for sexual favors
  • Patient recorded an appointment with Stonger

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 14, 2016) – A central Indiana doctor accused of trading prescription drugs for sex will have his medical license suspended indefinitely.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed an emergency motion to suspend the medical license of Dr. Tristan Stonger earlier this week, and the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana held a hearing Thursday morning on the matter. The board suspended Stonger indefinitely; the doctor accepted the suspension while charges are pending.

Stonger can't practice medicine in the state of Indiana while the case goes through the legal system. The Attorney General's Office could also file a formal administrative licensing complaint against Stonger. If that happens, the board would determine any additional disciplinary actions, including the revocation of Stonger's license.

Stonger faces six felony counts. He’d accused of giving drugs to a patient in exchange for sex. The patient came forward, telling investigators she went along with Stonger’s demands because she feared she’d lose access to her prescriptions.

According to prosecutors, Stonger supplied the patient with hydrocodone, morphine and amphetamine.

The patient later recorded an appointment with Stonger. In that recording, Stonger can be heard making sexual comments to the woman, prosecutors said. An employee also filed a complaint saying Stonger had “special patients” who had longer appointments and received more prescription drugs.

Stonger pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance this week. A jury trial is scheduled for fall.

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