Toledo plastic surgeon sex crimes appears in court

Published: Mar. 6, 2020 at 5:53 PM EST
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A Toledo plastic surgeon accused of drugging and raping women appeared in court Monday morning.

Dr. Manish Gupta did not enter a plea and was not given a bond. He will return to the Lucas County Jail.

Gupta is facing charges of illegally dispensing controlled substances, aggravated sexual abuse and sex trafficking. The final two charges carry potential life sentences.

Gupta, 49, owned and practiced at Artisan Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 7634 Central Ave.

On Monday, the prosecution said they have recordings from more than 20 different unconscious victims.

In a court filing with the U.S. District Court in Toledo, investigators alleged that Gupta arranged for sex with an escort while he was in Los Angeles for a plastic surgery convention in 2016. The woman believed Gupta drugged her and raped her.

She did not file a complaint with police but did go to the Rape Treatment Center and had a rape kit performed on her. Afterward, the woman found multiple other women had complained about someone matching his name or description on an online service sex workers use to make others aware of dangerous individuals.

Both the woman and many of the complaints said they were drugged and raped, and that the incidents were recorded without their permission.

Prior to the incident with the Los Angeles woman, employees at Dr. Gupta's office found recordings on SD cards showing him engaging in sex with motionless women, items used for sex, and narcotics.

In late December, agents obtained a federal search warrant for the thumb drives workers had stored the images on. A complaint to the State of Ohio Medical Board was made on February 12 this year, saying Gupta had been raping women for years.

A federal search warrant was executed Friday at Gupta's residence, two medical offices, his vehicle and phone.

Inside his locked office, they found multiple sex-related items, SD cards and vials of Diazepam and Ketamine, drugs not used in his medical practice.

He was booked into the Lucas County Jail at 3:46 p.m. Friday.