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6/6/2012 9:45:00 PM
Prescott doctor accused of sex with 15-year-old patient
The Daily Courier


Prescott police booked naturopathic medical doctor Randy Spicer, 39, of Prescott into the Yavapai County jail Wednesday on felony charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

A 15-year-old girl told police she was a patient of Spicer's and had oral sexual contact with him during two visits in May at his business in the 3100 block of Clearwater Drive, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Detectives also learned that Spicer allegedly requested and received sexually related text messages and a photograph from the girl.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 02, 2012
Article comment by: Mr Bojangels

Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis & treatment.
Alot of hokas pokus as far as I am concerned!
However!
(If these allegations are true),the treatment the doctor is accused of engaging in is definately not in the medicine books and I am glad the law has stepped in.


Posted: Monday, July 02, 2012
Article comment by: Anon ymous

He admitted to doing this, doctors are not exempt from the law period, if that were my daughter and she was 15... i could only imagine what the mother or father would be feeling at this point... They are all good doctors until they mess up big time, unfortunately temptation is your worst enemy doc ...

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Article comment by: Jr Rios

Its pretty sad, if the accusations are true. I thought he was a good doctor and helped my daughter when she had a bad sty (if thats how you spell it). I was going to make an appointment for myself to get checked because i thought he was good and thats what we don't have now a days. My thoughts and prayers are with both his family and the victims family.

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: To Devious Teenagers

In regards to "devious teenagers" post: YOU probably need to be locked up. A child is called a CHILD for a reason. A minor is called a MINOR for a reason. An adult has the full responsibility of their actions and is expected to behave as an adult, period. If there was any uncomfortableness in this situation, it was his responsibility to take action by having another adult in the room and/or speaking with the child's parents, etc. 100% the adults responsibility, children can not be blamed!

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Article comment by: What No Picture?

Where is the usual booking picture in the orange jumper?

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: Sally Smith

I can't believe that anyone would put the blame on the alleged victim, or the parents. A doctor has a lot of influence on a patient. For any of you blaming the parents or the minor before any verdict has been reached, you are DISGUSTING! Let the facts be the facts and his admissions of guilt or innocence prevail over any of this hearsay.

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Article comment by: A Father

All this discussion of guilt and innocence is really moot.

Let's assume that maybe he gave his cell phone number to her guardian (instead of directly to this young girl) and she got hold of it (somehow) and texted him. It is still HIS responsibility to put a stop to any contact outside of the professional realm. At best, he should have informed the girl's parents that she had contacted him. Did he do that? Not according to what has been told to the public. The fact of the matter is quite simple he did not stop this from happening. It was totally in his control. As for the accusations of physical contact again, totally within his control. He could have elected to have another adult with him during the examinations. He could have said NO. His choices are what lead him to this not the actions and motivations of a teenage girl. This girl's actions cannot be used as a basis for HIS guilt or innocence. It is the adult's responsibility to put a stop to this sort of thing. End of discussion.... If he is innocent and this girl was somehow trying to blackmail him, why would he have not gone to the proper authorities? Why would he give up his career, family, friends, his entire life to keep this quiet? It doesn't make sense to me and his [provable] actions contradict that thinking entirely.

My heart goes out to his wife, children, family, extended family and friends.


Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: In response to: What about the parent?

I'm glad you brought this up as it's a question I've been pondering, as well. Did the young lady ride her bike / walk there? Was she dropped off? Did her parent / guardian wait in the lobby? While working at an urgent care, we had 2 repeat patients, both minors that we were told could be seen as mother had given permission (and was "a pain in the a**" if bothered to accompany them). I was never comfortable with that but I was just helping out at the front desk (so shut up and do your job).

Personally, I would not DREAM of allowing my child to be in the presence of an adult with a door shut without myself or another trusted adult guardian with them (a tech, an MA of the same gender, someone other than the physician, teacher, clergy, et al). In my experience, no one with any authority or alleged trust has ever asked for "time alone" with my child had they, they'd have been denied.

My child is a female. Her doctor is a female. Her doctor requests (and expects) my presence during her examinations.

I agree with "What about the parent". 100% TIME TO START PARENTING, folks.

Sincerely hoping all involved recover from this. What does not kill us makes us stronger. Cliche but relevant. Let this be a lesson to those who think they are great parents. Our work is never done.


Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: ABOUT THE CELL PHONE

The questions asked about why did the girl have his cell phone. Doc. Spicer some times gave his clients his cell phone number for after hours emergencies. I have it as well, this was just the way he treated his clients. He was always there for them. I know alot of Doctors wouldn't give an after hours number to call them directly but I guess this is why Doc Spicer was such a good Dr. he cared and was always there if you needed him.

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Article comment by: what about the parent

What about the parent or guardian of this young girl? Where were they during the doctor appointment. Being a parent myself, I have never allowed my children to go to a doctors appointment by themselves, one of us is always with our kids. It seems as though everyone on here is more concerned about either the doc or the child. Here in Arizona, us as parents are responsible for our children in every way until they reach the age of 18.

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Article comment by: Tricia C

Also here's the problem with defining the young girl as a lethal Lolita out to destroy a man's livelihood (besides the fact that it's evil) as expressed by a previous poster, in a day and age when teenagers wishing to act look feel older is the norm & not an exception to the rule as was the case when the original fictitious Lolita story came to some fame in the 1950's, as being an expected anticipated notion, and being that this wasn't some girl flaunting herself around a vulnerable addled man but a worldly well educated Doctor of some renown who was in a position of power & as mentioned by the only poster with any sense on here "she's innocent until proven guilty as well" being that he was/is a much more experienced professional should have known better than to risk his career by giving out his PRIVATE cell phone number to a young girl. Having at one point in time myself been victimized by a Dr. in this community (at the age of 13) who felt the need to demand somewhat angrily that I remove my bra when he was supposed to be listening to my heart & than grope me & go on to tell my Mother that there was nothing wrong with me and that the problem was "all in my head" therefor scaring me into submission by fear I'd be labeled as insane if I dared to tell (never did) & got the label nonetheless point being it happens more than you would expect and the implications made by those who do this are echoed in this article again & again ... let's face it, that lie is far more exciting to most than the fact that some men are simply cads.

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Article comment by: Adults Bear Responsibility Always

The behavior of the child in this, and all similar cases, is irrelevant in my opinion. When discussing a 39-year-old's behavior vs. that of a 15-year-old, the responsibility obviously lies with the adult. I would imagine that every popular male high school teacher deals with a certain number of high school girls who have crushes on him, probably every day. Adult males in roles of authority, who interact with teenage girls, must have the self-control to recognize the impulsive crushes or other behavior of teenagers as just that, and maintain their stature as responsible adults. When they can't, they have no business functioning in that role -- and if they cross the line entirely, they are not safe members of our society.


Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Article comment by: She's Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Too

As has been pointed out, the full facts of this case have yet to be made public. Commenters quickly defend the accused, accurately stating he is "innocent until proven guilty", while the young girl is presumed by many to be at least partially at fault or even overtly lying. In other words, she is guilty until proven innocent.

Imagine how you would feel if you were the girl and had, in fact, fallen victim to special attention, manipulation, power and "grooming" -- standard molester tactics? What if the one who molested you was an authority figure for whom you routinely disrobed with zero sexual implications? And what if you were the victim's parent, sibling, grandparent, friend? Along with law enforcement personnel, those are primarily the ones who know her identity, and they have very likely been cautioned not to discuss this matter -- on dCourier or elsewhere.

So who speaks up for the girl? Who points out the undoubtedly substantial investigative hours that were logged, and the resultant evidence that was analyzed and compiled, on which sufficient cause for the arrest of a notable community member was based? Does that make him guilty? No. But neither does it make his accuser guilty of lying.

What loving parent hasn't feared that their precious child might be subjected to sexual abuse or assault? Take that a step further, and ask yourself how you would be feeling right now if your teen had indeed been lured for sexual conduct with a trusted healthcare provider, only to have commenters rush to defend him and throw stones of speculation and armchair theorizing at her, based solely on their experiences with Randy Spicer and/or an article containing three short paragraphs?

"Creepers" come in all forms and professions. The stereotypical social outcast in a trenchcoat, who lurks around schoolyards in hopes of luring victims with candy, is just that: a stereotype. Molesters are scattered throughout society like rice tossed at a wedding, and they often look just like a teacher, long-time family friend, fun neighbor, scout leader, relative or healthcare provider. Because they are.

As has been suggested, let's wait to pass judgment -- not only on Randy Spicer, but on his alleged victim.


Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Article comment by: Devious Teenagers (in general)

Some teenagers want to try anything that's taboo: take illicit drugs, have sexual relations, drink alcohol, watch whatever types of videos they want to watch, etc.

"...[Spicer's] felony charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor..."

In this galaxy (or possibly in another), do you think it's at all possible that A teenage girl could be charged with "luring an adult for sexual exploitation" and the adult would be charged with two counts of sexual conduct with a minor?

I am making no assumptions about this present, local case.
I'm just pointing out that adults can be "victims." They can have equal culpability, more, or less.


Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Article comment by: A Father

This comment has been removed because it does not conform to the Terms of Use agreement for dCourier.com.

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Having been in healthcare, this shows why having another healthcare worker in the room as a witness during exams with patients like this is often recommended. Maybe not the old ladies and the guys, but the teens and young women maybe so. I hope he's innocent but now it's her word against his. And he'd better not be texting her of course.

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012
Article comment by: INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

TO SAD MOM: Anyone who knows Randy and his family love them all. We stand behind him until the end as well as with his family.
TO THE OTHER "INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY PERSON WHO THINKS I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE POST SYSTEM WORKS, GET A LIFE.


Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2012
Article comment by: Tricia C

I personally have no knowledge of either party involved, so as an impartial party I have to wonder why on Earth would a 15 year old have the Dr's private cell phone number if there wasn't something funny going on? That isn't something that they normally give out to patients.

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: TO: Innocent Until Proven guilty

You really don't understand how these comment pages operate, do you?? Here's a few hints -- this is not a court of law, there's no fact checking and there's no verification of, well, anything. Appreciate it for what it is and you'll feel better.

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: Sad Mom

To Innocent Until Proven Guilty - thank you.

Posted: Friday, June 08, 2012
Article comment by: Innocent Until Proven guilty

I am a patient of Doc Spicer. He is a wonderful doctor. This whole thing makes me sick as well as all the terrible comments everyone is making. ... If Doc Spicer did this then shame on him. I have always said "Good people do bad things" it depends on if they get caught! My thoughts are with his wonderful family and also with Doc Spicer because the public with make their lives hell guilty or innocent. ...

A portion of this comment has been removed because it does not conform to the Terms of Use agreement for dCourier.com.


Posted: Friday, June 08, 2012
Article comment by: A P

Don't rule out political motivations for all this. He's rated the number one naturopath in Prescott. It wouldn't be the first time a talented holistic doctor or the developer of a truly effective natural treatment has been the victim of character assassination. Too much money is at stake.

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2012
Article comment by: Suzanne Saunders

This is totally unbelievable to me! I worked right along side of Dr.Spicer for over 2 yrs. His conduct, ethics, caring & knowledgeable approach is rare these days in Healthcare. Dr. Spicer has gained much respect throughout our community and has an excellent reputation in assisting patients to return to their normal healthy state of being. He is also a devoted husband & father!
Accusation's and nothing more!
"He who casts the 1st stone"....


Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2012
Article comment by: Coreyboy -

ND not MD is entirely ill-informed and simply hasn't a clue of what s/he says! To state an entire profession are "quacks" is absurd. I hope this person would keep their pedantic views quiet next time they feel compelled to speak out loud. The ND profession is well-deserving of the admiration and respect they have earned. As with all humans, there are a few that slip through the cracks, the skewed, and they can not be held representative of an entire population. I am appalled by the infantile banter of this person's comments and I hope everybody recognizes the lack of validity in their claim!

Posted: Thursday, June 07, 2012
Article comment by: Very Sad Day

Very sad day for every one involved. This man has been my doctor for years. He is a very good doctor...listens well and knows his medicine both mainstream and natural. Sad for him, sad for his family and sad for the girl and her family. I will wait to make my own judgment once all the facts have been revealed. Everyone makes mistakes...big and small. Today, I am just sad~


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