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DOCTOR CURFEW: Sex For Pills Case

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A Muscatine doctor accused of trading prescriptions for sex with patients is now on a court-ordered curfew, instead of home confinement.

Dr. David Gierlus lives just across the border in Illinois, but was a family practice physician in Muscatine. He is charged with three federal counts of distributing controlled substances.

On Tuesday, Judge Tom Shields agreed to lift a previously ordered home detention, and replace it with a curfew from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., so that he can try to find work.

In a brief filed on behalf of Dr. Gierlus, defense attorney Jeff Lang called the charges in the affidavit filed by the government last week, “sex-related sensationalism,” and ‘”headline-grabbing fiction.”

“In light of the sensational charges that have been brought by the government. I simply asked the court to take a look at the proof, at the evidence,” Lang said after the hearing Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

“What proof is there in the affidavit? There isn’t proof of anything other than a dispute with one or two people,” Lang, a former U.S Attorney and federal prosecutor, said.

The federal affidavit filed by the government last week states that one of Dr. Gierlus’s female patients told investigators that she and the doctor had sexual contact “more than 50 times,” and told police she bluntly told the doctor she sometimes deals the pills on the street.

The government alleges that Gierlus “has dispensed powerful controlled substances,” like Adderall, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium and Darvon hundreds of times in return for sexual favors from at least 30 women, including intercourse in the “examination room during medical appointments.”

Gierlus is a long-time family practice doctor in Muscatine and is on a voluntary suspension from practicing medicine. A trial date hasn’t been set.

Thanks to our sister station WQAD for this story.

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