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4/8/2013 10:26:00 PM
Two trials on tap for doctor accused of child sex, drug offenses
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Randy Spicer, a naturopathic medical doctor accused in a child sex case involving a 15-year-old patient, could face back-to-back trials - one for those charges at the beginning of May and another for drug charges later in the month.

Spicer, 39, was indicted on 12 counts in one case, ranging from luring a minor for sexual exploitation to drug charges. In the second case, he's charged with seven counts, all related to drug use and trafficking.

The prosecution plans to use a prior felony conviction for aggravated DUI to make the sentences harsher if Spicer is convicted.

A search warrant affidavit said the young female victim had been going to Spicer for medical treatment in March 2012, and that shortly after she began seeing him, she called him with a medical question. The victim and doctor began corresponding via text messages, at first about medical issues, but then, the victim said, Spicer called her "sexy" in one text message, according to the affidavit.

In May 2012, Spicer said his receptionist was out of town and asked the victim if she would like to fill in at his office on Clearwater Drive, the affidavit said. She said Spicer asked for sex and she refused, but instead they began kissing, and later in the day he met her in an exam room and had sexual contact.

She told police that, when she was in the office the next week for an appointment for her grandmother, she and Spicer had sexual contact in another exam room.

While he was out on bond in that case, Spicer was arrested by the PANT Drug Task Force and charged with seven additional crimes, including conspiracy and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

In the case involving child sex charges, he could get as long as 55 years in prison if he loses at trial, Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley told him in October, and a conviction in that case could be counted as another prior felony in the drug case, making those sentences harsher still.

In the second case, she said he's looking at 60 years if a jury finds him guilty, and that she would be unlikely to run the two sentences concurrently because they involve different crimes.

Monday, his attorney, Tom Kelly, said he had met with Deputy County Attorney Scott Blake for "a long time" and that they had hashed out a potential plea deal for the child sex case, one which would avoid a situation in which the state might otherwise seek a new indictment, alleging a second victim.

Spicer has a week to make a decision on whether to take that plea. Kelly said he didn't know how Spicer felt about it.

Ainley said she has a conflict with another, older, case set for the same dates and that, if he goes to trial, it would likely have to take place before another judge.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

An old guy texting a 15 year old patient is never a good idea. I don't think patients should ever have a doctor's personal phone number. This guy's in for a bad outcome no matter what happens here. I know people will sing some praises but nothing about this sounds like he's any Dudly Doright. More like Doctor Feelgood.

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