ANDERSON, Ind. - An Indiana physician has been charged with trading drugs for sex with several patients, according to court records filed Thursday that included 21 criminal counts in addition to 10 other counts earned late last year.
The Madison County Prosecutor’s office filed the additional charges after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency completed an investigation that included the examination of computers seized from the office and home of Dr. Eric C. Jones.
Jones, 45, of Pendleton, Indiana, is now facing 31 felony counts for incidents that took place from 2011 to 2014 and include voyeurism, perjury, unlawful dispensation of a controlled substance and corrupt business influence.
The affidavits include allegations that Jones conducted “Botox” parties arranged through Calendar Girl Castings of Carmel, an area casting agency.
Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Lockwood said the DEA wanted the initial 10 charges filed last October while the investigation was continuing.
“At the time the investigation was ongoing,” he said, “they had not gone through the computers.”
Lockwood said Jones will be allowed to turn himself in to authorities. He is currently free on a $20,000 bond.
“We’re going to ask the court to either increase the bond or restrain him from practicing medicine of any kind,” Lockwood said.
Lockwood said a scheduled June 16 trial will probably be continued as a result of the additional charges.
Jones' attorney, Bryan Williams, declined to comment on the new charges.
According to the affidavit, the DEA found a video on a computer dated June 25, 2014 in which Jones is having sex with a patient in his Pendleton office.
In a February 2014 text message recorded from one of the doctor's cellphones, the same patient asks to pick up a prescription for the drug Adderall at the Pendleton office.
“I think you owe me an office visit,” Jones reportedly wrote in a text. “I guess…but we better get naked soon. Your envelope is at the front desk”.
De la Bastide writes for the Anderson (Ind.) Herald Bulletin.