SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A 57-year-old man was sentenced Thursday in federal court for exchanging his highly addictive prescription drugs for sex.
William Ellien was sentenced to 30 months in prison and an additional 3 years of supervision upon his release from prison. Ellien was also ordered to surrender all of his medical licenses.
According to the release from the Department of Justice, Ellien traded hundreds of prescriptions for oxycontin, hydrocodone, Xanax and other highly addictive drugs in exchange for sexual acts with multiple women.
Ellien's victims included strippers, who he befriended and then exchanged prescriptions for sexual favors. The evidence also showed that Ellien met numerous women at restaurants, hotels and other locations to engage in the illicit activity.
The report said none of these women were his patients; many were addicts or became addicts as a result of Ellien's criminal conduct.
The United States Attorney Edward Tarver stated, "This defendant completely ignored his oath to 'do no harm,' all the while feeding the addiction of others for his own personal gratification. Now, he'll do no harm serving a stiff prison sentence."
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