A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a Hagerstown dentist for distribution of oxycodone and enticing a minor for sexual activity. The US Attorney's Office for Maryland says Vaqar Ahmed Choudry, 42, of Germantown, is accused of writing prescriptions for pain medication without justification.
Choudry is the owner of the Hagerstown Dental Center at 301 East Antietam Street in Hagerstown.
The Washington County Narcotics Task Force say it started receiving complaints about Doctor Choudry writing unnecessary prescriptions in May of this year. An investigation began in September, 2013, when authorities say he told a confidential source to whom he provided drugs that he would like to have sex with a prepubescent girl, and asked his source to arrange it.
He wrote out a prescription for 15 percocet pills in return for a meeting with a minor. Choudry was then told to come to a Hagerstown hotel. It turned out to be sting, and he was arrested.
If he's convicted, Choudry could be sentenced up to 20 years for the drug charge, and ten years to life for enticement of a minor for sex.
A detention hearing was held on Thursday, and a federal judge ordered Choudry to be detained.
The US Attorney's Office for Maryland reminds citizens that any individual who is indicted is innocent until proven guilty.