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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Broken Arrow Man Pleads Guilty To Witness Tampering

VA Psychiatrist Had Inappropriate Sexual Contact With Patient, Coached Her To Lie To Investigators

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that STEPHEN LESTER GREER, age 57, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was arraigned and plead guilty to the charge in the indictment returned by the Grand Jury on August 16, 2017.

Defendant, STEPHEN LESTER GREER, was charged with TAMPERING WITH A WITNESS, VICTIM, OR INFORMANT, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General.

Acting United States Attorney Douglas A. Horn stated “Dr. Greer was a staff psychiatrist at the VA Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma. His job was to treat and protect our veterans who visited that facility for medical care. Instead, Dr. Greer violated his oath as a doctor by having inappropriate sexual contact with a female veteran that he was treating. When VA hospital administrators discovered the impropriety, Greer attempted to cover-up his actions by coaching the female veteran to lie to federal law enforcement officers. Special agents of the Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General conducted a thorough investigation and worked extensively and professionally with the victim to bring Dr. Greer to justice.”

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant was released on a $10,000.00 unsecured bond. 

The statutory range of punishment for Tampering with a Witness, Victim or Informant is up to 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Acting United States Attorney Douglas Horn and Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Updated August 23, 2017