Authorities in Germany are investigating a top plastic surgeon who is being blamed for the death of a woman. Dr. Andreas Niederbichler reportedly caused the woman’s death after he sprinkled cocaine on his penis before the woman gave him oral sex. The woman was unaware of the cocaine and died as a result of ingesting it.
Arrest. Police have arrested a 42-year-old German doctor named Andreas Niederbichler, who reportedly killed a woman after drugging her. The plastic surgeon was sleeping with the victim, and had sprinkled cocaine on his penis before the woman gave him oral sex.
More victims. According to the Daily Mail UK, investigators believe he did the same thing to three other women he’d been with. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Niederbichler was meeting women online for sex. He was recently named the chief physician at Ameos Hospital, although it’s unclear whether he remains employed there.
Charges. The victim, a 38-year-old unnamed woman, collapsed in Niederbichler’s home and was later rushed to the hospital where she died. Niederbichler is being charged with bodily harm leading to death and is being held in a facility where he is being treated for drug addiction.
Narcotics. ”The victims who have been heard so far have all indicated that they have been ill at the meetings. All of them showed reactions due to the use of narcotics,” said prosecutor Hal Roggenbuck, as reported by the Daily Mail UK.
Others. This isn’t the first time that a doctor has been arrested for engaging in sex and drugs. In 2016, Naga Raja Thota, a 62-year-old doctor, was arrested after getting a patient hooked on drugs and then forcing her to sleep with him in exchange for another prescription.
Charges. The California doctor worked at a clinic and specialized in managing pain. In at least two instances, he’d increased the dosages of pain medication so that the female patients would get hooked. He was sentenced to two years behind bars on charges of distributing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose.
Exploited. ”Doctors who exploit patients are the worst kind of predators. DEA recognizes the trust the citizens of San Diego place in their doctors. We will continue to ensure that physicians who are abusing that trust by bartering sex for prescriptions will be arrested and prosecuted,” said DEA agent William Sherman, as reported by Fox 5.
Confession. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Thota admitted in court that he’d prescribed 870 oxycodone pills and 300 hydrocodone pills to the victim, who was identified as J.S. He also confessed to prescribing the pills under the name of the victim’s father and brother.
Defense. Before his sentencing, Thota’s attorney spoke about his client’s failed 29 year marriage as being one of the reasons for what he’d done. He also maintained that the majority of Thota’s patients were already addicts, later adding “There was no question he was at fault.”
Wrong. “He knew it was wrong. He absolutely knew it was wrong,” said prosecutor Orlando Gutierrez, as reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Text messages between the doctor and the victim were shared in court that further proved his guilt.
Others. In 2015, another doctor named Mitchel Fagin was arrested for prescribing pain pills to drug addicts for sexual favors. Shockingly. He’d been previously arrested in the 80s after he too became addicted to the drugs himself. For some reason, he was allowed to continue practicing despite that incident.
History. He was arrested again in 1993 after being addicted to Vicodin, reports the New York Daily News. In 2012, he was arrested for prescribing methadone to a woman he was romantically involved with. His current wife was also being prescribed oxycodone, morphine, and methadone.
Vulnerable. “Dr. Fagin allegedly used his prescription-writing privileges not to heal, as was his duty, but to victimize vulnerable patients,” said U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie, as reported by the New York Daily News.
Sentencing. He was sentenced to two years behind bars, and forced to surrender his medical license. It’s unclear whether or not he’d been prescribing pills to other women when he was arrested the first few times. His attorney however, maintained his client’s innocence.
Innocent. “The indictment does not charge him with trading pills for sex but it certainly a salacious allegation to destroy his reputation and gets their case in the press. I believe his prescriptions are all legitimate and based on medical necessity and he did not commit a crime,” said Anthony Colloluri, as reported by the New York Daily News.