SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Department of Justice officials say a former Savannah psychiatrist has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for trading addictive prescription medications for sex.
William Ellien was sentenced Thursday in federal court and is also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence. The former psychiatrist is also ordered to surrender all of his medical licenses.
U.S. Attorney's spokesman James Durham, of the Southern District of Georgia, says Ellien traded hundreds of prescriptions for oxycontin, hydrocodone, Xanax and other addictive drugs for sex with multiple women.
Durham says Ellien exchanged drugs for sex between 2009 and 2012. None of the women were his patients and many became addicted to the drugs he gave them.
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