Pennsylvania- from www.kyw1060.com – A former doctor from Delaware County, Pa. is headed to state prison for at least two years for trying to exchange prescription narcotics, including Oxycontin, for sex.
A Montgomery County judge told Samuel Krakow that he needed to be held accountable for his actions and sentenced the 35-year-old Drexel Hill man to two to four years behind bars, followed by ten years’ probation.
Krakow was arrested in Cheltenham more than a year ago when police set up a sting operation after learning that Krakow offered several times on Craig’s List to swap drugs for sex.
Prosecutor Jordan Friter argued for jail time:
“He had an obligation as a doctor to make sure that prescription drugs are only given to people who are in need of them and to keep them out of the hands of people who don’t need them.”
The defense argued for probation, saying Krakow has sought counseling for sex-related issues.
His medical license has been revoked, and the judge said he can’t reapply for it until after his 14 years of court supervision are over.
Back story, February, 2009:
A Delaware County, Pa. doctor is under arrest in Montgomery County on charges that he tried to trade prescription drugs for sex in the parking lot of a Cheltenham pharmacy.
Prosecutors say Cheltenham police got a tip that Dr. Samuel Krakow of Drexel Hill was willing to swap narcotic prescriptions for sexual favors.
Montgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman says police set up an undercover sting operation and arrested the 34-year-old man in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy in Elkins Park:
“They were able to make contact with the doctor and converse with him in phone conversations as well as text messages, some of them extremely graphic including a very sexual type of photograph.”
After his arrest, Ferman says, Krakow told police that he posted at least 20 messages on the web site Craig’s List in which he solicited sex in exchange for various kinds of prescription drugs including oxycontin.
Krakow surrendered his medical license and faces a court hearing on Friday.