TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio plastic surgeon accused of drugging and sexually abusing more than 20 women and recording the assaults has been indicted on two federal charges.
A grand jury in Toledo indicted Manish Gupta, of Sylvania, on one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, and one count of illegally distributing a controlled substance to the sex trafficking victim, federal prosecutors said Friday. The charges relate to alleged assaults on a woman in 2016.
Gupta's lawyer, Ian Friedman, said "it is too early for anyone to characterize the case as being anything beyond a mere allegation."
An initial federal complaint against Gupta, 49, had accused him of aggravated sexual abuse, sex trafficking and illegally dispensing controlled substances. Federal prosecutors allege that the doctor, who ran clinics in Ohio and Michigan, drugged and assaulted escorts he hired when he traveled to medical conferences in large cities around the U.S.
The State Medical Board of Ohio recently revoked Gupta's license, which he surrendered in lieu of disciplinary action or further investigation by the board.