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Savannah doctor pleads guilty for taking part in drugs for sex scam

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Savannah doctor pled guilty Wednesday for distributing drugs to his customers without a legitimate medical purpose.

William Ellien, 57, of Savannah, entered a guilty plea on Mar. 20 before the United States District Judge William Moore, Jr.      

According to evidence presented at the hearing, Ellien, a Savannah psychiatrist, exchanged prescriptions for very addictive prescription drugs for sex acts with various women from 2009 through 2012. 

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said in news release, "This doctor violated his oath, preyed upon patients, and turned into a common criminal, all for his own personal gratification. Whether street pushers or physicians, all drug dealers can expect that justice will be swift and the punishment will be severe." 

Ellien, who remains in federal custody, is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. 

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