Former Muscatine doctor gives up medical license

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A former Muscatine doctor serving jail time in a drugs-for-sex scheme has surrendered his Iowa medical license and paid a civil penalty.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/19KzP6o ) 60-year-old David V. Gierlus settled Friday with the Iowa Board of Medicine. He gave up his license and paid a $10,000 penalty.

Gierlus was an osteopathic medicine doctor who practiced in Muscatine. He stopped seeing patients after being charged in January with 95 counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

Prosecutors alleged he supplied drugs, such as hydrocodone, in exchange for sex with at least 18 female patients. Sometimes he would drug patients to have sex with them.

Gierlus pleaded guilty to one criminal drug charge and was sentenced last summer to eight years in prison. He also must pay a $400,000 fine.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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