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Doctor takes plea in child sex case

Spicer

Spicer

PRESCOTT - Randy Spicer, a naturopathic medical doctor indicted in a child sex case involving a 15-year-old patient, on Wednesday accepted a plea agreement that could see him serve 10 years or more in prison.

Spicer, 40, was indicted on 12 counts in the child sex case, ranging from luring a minor for sexual exploitation to drug charges. In a second case, he was charged with seven counts, all related to drug use and trafficking.

A search warrant affidavit said the young female victim had been going to Spicer for medical treatment in March 2012, and that shortly after she began seeing him, she called him with a medical question. The victim and doctor began corresponding via text messages, at first about medical issues, but then, the victim said, Spicer called her "sexy" in one text message, according to the affidavit.

In May 2012, Spicer said his receptionist was out of town and asked the victim if she would like to fill in at his office on Clearwater Drive, the affidavit said. She said Spicer asked for sex and she refused, but instead they began kissing, and later in the day he met her in an exam room and had sexual contact.

She told police that, when she was in the office the next week for an appointment for her grandmother, she and Spicer had sexual contact in another exam room.

While he was out on bond in that case, Spicer was arrested by the PANT Drug Task Force and charged with seven additional crimes, including conspiracy and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, and one count each of sexual conduct with a minor, possession of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit transportation of a dangerous drug for sale.

The plea allowed him to avoid a new indictment on a separate charge that he was sexually involved with a second underage girl. That victim was included in terms of the plea agreement.

After Deputy County Attorney Scott Blake explained the factual basis for the charge related to the drug arrest, Spicer's attorney, Tom Kelly, said, "My client does not agree with the factual basis as outlined by Mr. Blake"; however, he added, Spicer would not dispute it because he wanted to accept the "significant benefit" of the plea.

If Spicer went to trial and was convicted on all the charges, he would have potentially faced combined sentences of more than 100 years.

Superior Court Judge Tina Ainley said the agreement stipulated no less than 10 years imprisonment followed by lifetime sex offender probation, but said she wants to hear from the victims before sentencing because she could impose more prison time than that.

She will sentence Spicer in May.