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HAGERSTOWN DENTIST INDICTED ON CHARGES OF ENTICING A MINOR TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND DISTRIBUTION OF OXYCODONE

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September 19 , 2013


Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment today charging Vaqar Ahmad Choudry, age 42, of Germantown, Maryland, with distribution of oxycodone and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District; and Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore.

According to the indictment and a related criminal complaint, Choudry is a dentist who owns Hagerstown Dental Center, located at 301 East Antietam Street in Hagerstown. The criminal complaint alleges that Choudy provided a cooperating source with an illicit prescription for oxycodone, in exchange for the source’s assistance in arranging a meeting with a fictional minor child at a hotel in Hagerstown.

According to the criminal complaint, in May 2013, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force (WCNTF) received complaints alleging that Choudry was writing prescriptions for pain medication without medical justification. WCNTF officers initiated an investigation and in early September 2013, law enforcement learned that Choudry told a confidential source that he would like to have sex with a prepubescent girl. Choudry asked the source to find him a girl with whom he could have sex. On September 6, 2012, Choudry provided the confidential source with a prescription for 15 percocet pills, in exchange for the source arranging a meeting with a minor female. At the direction of WCNTF agents, the confidential source arranged a meeting with Choudry and a fictional girl at a Hagerstown motel on September 12, 2013. Choudry was arrested when he arrived for the meeting.

Choudry faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the drug charge, and a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison for enticement of a minor. A detention hearing was held earlier today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Sullivan, who ordered the Choudry remain detained. No other court appearance has been scheduled.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised DEA, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Narcotics Task Force for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Peter J. Martinez, who is prosecuting the case.


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