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Doctor accused of exchanging painkillers for sex indicted

Dr. William Ellien Dr. William Ellien

A Savannah doctor was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday by a grand jury on felony drug charges.

William Ellien, 57, is accused of changing prescriptions for the painkillers Percocet and Hydrocodone for sex acts with women from 2009 to 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

"Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in Georgia and across our nation.  The indictment and other court documents in this case allege that this doctor violated his oath to ‘do no harm,' by trading prescriptions for highly addictive medications for sex.  Swift justice can be the only response to this grave violation of the trust and responsibility bestowed upon the Defendant by the people of Georgia," said U.S. Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.  

Ellien remains in federal custody and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.  

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