Savannah doctor accused of trading drugs for sex with strippers

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 1:49 PM
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Savannah psychiatrist once honored for his community work will remain in federal custody after his court-appointed lawyer waived a hearing on accusations his client traded prescriptions and cash for sex with local strippers.



Dr. William Ellien, 58, was arrested last week on a federal complaint for illegally distributing controlled substances for no legitimate medical reason. He was ordered detained pending a hearing Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith.

Ellien, handcuffed and wearing a jail jump suit, was brought to court and almost immediately returned upstairs to the U.S. Marshal’s lockup after attorney George Asinc of Rincon waived the hearing.

In 2011, the Georgia Medical Society named Ellien a health care hero for health care education for conducting or sponsoring activities that have improved the quality of life in the community.

He was a private-practice physician who served as medical director for Memorial Health’s Center for Behavioral Medicine on the campus from 2007 until his contract was terminated in September.

According to the latest affidavit submitted by federal Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Douglas Kahn, “a number of witnesses” told investigators they had sex with Ellien in exchange for drugs.

One witness told investigators she met Ellien at the Holiday Inn Express on Abercorn Street in June “for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with him,” the affidavit said.

In exchange, he gave her a prescription for the drug Xanax and cash, the affidavit said.

Agents also determined that Ellien “on more than one occasion booked rooms” at the motel, the affidavit said.

The affidavit indicated Ellien had been under investigation since September.

The affidavit stated the agent did not include “all facts known to me, but only the facts necessary to establish probable cause that” Ellien violated federal law.

The affidavit said that during an interview with drug agents, Ellien “admitted to meeting various girls at local strip clubs,” then engaging in sexual acts with them “in exchange for cash and prescriptions,” the affidavit said.

He also admitted the conduct occurred from about 2009 until the end of November 2012 and that the conduct was “unlawful and unethical,” the affidavit said.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/31/13 - 02:09 pm
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What some men won't do for

What some men won't do for sex..... :(

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/31/13 - 02:13 pm
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Some men get chicks with good

Some men get chicks with good looks and a little romance, but money and drugs apparently work too.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 01/31/13 - 03:10 pm
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You know...

Once upon a time, the barter system was an acceptable method of payment... heh heh... I bet he drove a hard bargain!

ColCo
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ColCo 01/31/13 - 03:19 pm
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What some women won't do for...

What some women won't do for drugs. All parties involved are losers, not just the guy.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/31/13 - 03:26 pm
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I wonder how the bartering

I wonder how the bartering went? I'll give you a prescription if you'll....Strippers get no respect. Soccer moms in Columbia County just go to the doctor or dentist to get their drugs. All they have to do is pay a little money. There are enough narcotic drugs prescribed in America to make the solar system slow down.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/31/13 - 04:08 pm
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I'd Say He Was A Professional

seeing that "He was a private-practice physician who served as medical director for Memorial Health’s Center for BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE."

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 01/31/13 - 04:26 pm
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Improving the quality of life...

one prescription at a time..

billcass
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billcass 01/31/13 - 04:19 pm
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The doctor

is in.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/31/13 - 04:20 pm
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The medical center that he

The medical center that he worked for (think deep pockets here) was sued by a dancer that he met at a strip club and that came to him for grief counseling, she became his patient, he gave her Xanax and narcotics and he had a sexual relationship with her, which is against the law. He told her that he was having problems with his wife. I'm guessing that he now has HUGE problems with his wife, if he even still has one.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/31/13 - 04:43 pm
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No surprise here

How many times does this happen all over the USA....heh...too many to log....
Even well known judges do this...trade deals with women....some females are told to come without panties next time to get a better deal....why don't we admit we have a problem here/ya hear....hahaha...we need to ban sexual parts....now someone call msnbc/cbs & get this ball rolling...:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/31/13 - 04:45 pm
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Didn't yall see Forrest Gump??

How do you think that woman got Forrest in regular school....I could write a dang book.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/31/13 - 04:50 pm
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That is funny Bill

The Dr is in..lol lol

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/31/13 - 10:26 pm
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I'm not too sure that was

I'm not too sure that was true about CC Soccer Moms, but I do get your point. Prescription drugs are a real issue in America and it seems that many physicians really push them. I don't know how many times I've had to "Just say NO!" Who wants to live their life zoned out?

Sexual compulsion and dysfunction runs rampant as well. And there is a distinct reason for it.

specsta
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specsta 01/31/13 - 10:56 pm
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An Answer

This would not be a problem if every state (besides Nevada) legislated legal prostitution, or cash exchanges for sexual services. There would be no underground sex trade and the health of both customer and sex worker would be the highest priority.

Prostitution has existed as long as humans have existed and it is not going away. Most countries in the world have legal cash exchanges for sexual services, which makes perfect sense as no government should have the right to restrict a private activity between consenting adults.

When this service is forced underground, sex workers face arrest and prosecution, violence, disease and other negative consequences, while clients must seek out unsafe situations in order to procure the service.

With legalized prostitution, people such as this doctor would not have to resort to the underground sex trade and face the loss of freedom and community standing.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/31/13 - 11:10 pm
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Let's just do away with all

Let's just do away with all the laws and teach Prostitution 101 in grammar school. Just think of all the money the government can save.

Law doesn't work, God isn't god, men and women are the same, morality is outdated and whose business is it anyway?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 02/01/13 - 02:18 pm
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Specta....can't agree with
Unpublished

Specta....can't agree with you that there would be NO underground sex trade, but I do agree that it would be far lower. Even Nevada has underground sex trade.

Just curious. Do you also believe that people should have the right to sell their own organs for transplant?

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