A former Suffolk County legislator pleaded responsible Friday to patronizing a prostitute and tampering with public data after he was arrested for attempting to commerce capsules for sexual favors, prosecutors stated.
Underneath the phrases of his plea deal, Dr. William Spencer, 55, was sentenced to 6 months behind bars and three years of probation, based on the Suffolk County District’s Lawyer’s Workplace.
Spencer was arrested in October 2020 after an encounter with an undercover police officer posing as a intercourse employee behind a Goodwill retailer in Commack.
The previous Democratic lawmaker organized the assembly over textual content message, the place he agreed to “commerce” oxycodone capsules in trade for sexual conduct, based on prosecutors.
Spencer was discovered to be in possession of two non-prescribed oxycodone capsules in the course of the sting operation that was carried out by Suffolk County police with the help of the DEA’s Lengthy Island Heroin Process Drive, officers stated.
Spencer, who moonlighted as a well-regarded physician and ordained minister, additionally lied to police in a sworn assertion months earlier than the arrest, based on officers.
He had filed a police grievance in July of 2020 claiming he was the harmless sufferer of a prostitution extortion scheme and wrote in a sworn assertion to detectives: “I’ve not sought the companies of prostitutes or name ladies,” prosecutors stated.
After his October arrest, an investigation revealed that Spencer had in actual fact employed hookers earlier than — and lied about it to cops, a press launch acknowledged.
As a part of the plea deal, the disgraced former Chief of Otolaryngology at Huntington Hospital additionally agreed to by no means once more register as a doctor with the Drug Enforcement Company to prescribe managed substances, officers stated.
“It is a unhappy day. Dr. Spencer admitted to violating the legal guidelines he swore to uphold as an elected official and losing police assets by mendacity in a sworn written assertion,” stated Suffolk County District Lawyer Raymond Tierney.
“Nobody is above the legislation, together with elected officers who interact in prison conduct. My Workplace is dedicated to the evenhanded administration of justice, and this responsible plea demonstrates that holding a political workplace is just not a license to interrupt the legislation.”
Spencer represented Huntington within the county legislature from 2012 till his time period expired final yr.