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Bond revoked for Kirkpatrick

February 22, 2008
CHARLESTON — Bond was revoked Wednesday in federal court for a Parkersburg dentist who is awaiting sentencing on federal drug charges.

Dr. James E. Kirkpatrick III, D.D.S., 44, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Joseph R. Goodwin to a one-count bill of information charging him with fraudulently obtaining hydrocodone.

According to the petition to revoke bond filed by U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller, Kirkpatrick repeatedly attempted to obtain Vicodin (hydrocodone) from one of his former patients.

Under the terms of his bond he was to commit no violation of federal, state or local laws.

According to court records, Kirkpatrick was to meet with the patient in anticipation of receiving 20 tablets.

In the petition, Miller said Kirkpatrick violated his bond and showed he has a drug problem.

“While on bond the defendant encouraged a former patient to engage in illegal drug distribution and conspiracy activity,” the petition states. “Further the defendant has an apparent addiction that is raging out of control and driving him to commit and or attempt to commit further crimes.”

After revoking the bond, Goodwin ordered Kirkpatrick remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

Kirkpatrick, who lives in Belpre, has his office in Parkersburg. He began practicing in West Virginia after losing his Ohio dental license, prosecutors said.

Kirkpatrick’s conviction is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Washington County, Ohio, Major Crimes Task Force. Prosecutors said the investigation revealed at least three patients received prescriptions for controlled substances from Kirkpatrick and then gave some or all of the drugs back to him for his personal use.

Pharmacy records indicate the patients received prescriptions for controlled substances from Kirkpatrick in 2006 and 2007.

Kirkpatrick faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced on April 10. Kirkpatrick was barred from practicing dentistry or working in a dentist’s office while on bond.


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