A local doctor was arrested today after an investigation that began as a result of the doctor allegedly dealing prescrition drugs for sex.
The investigation, which led police to serve search warrants at his medical clinics in Peru, Bloomington, and Greenwood, as well as the doctor’s Bunker Hill home in February, resulted in the arrest today of Dr. Tristan V. Stonger, 68, 8272 Strawtown Pike, Bunker Hill. He was arrested by the Indiana Drug Enforcement Administration and booked into the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis on the order of Judge Shatrese Flowers in Indianapolis.
The case, which was filed today in the Marion County Superior Court Criminal Division 20 court as a Level 2 felony case included all six felony charges. Those include:
- Count 1: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug Manufacture/ Deliver/ Finance-10 grams or more, a Level 2 felony.
- Count 2: Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Level 6 felony.
- Count 3: Dispensing a Legend Drug Illegally, a Level 6 felony.
- Count 4: Dealing a Narcotic Drug Manufacture/ Deliver/ Finance- 10 grams or more, a Level 2 felony.
- Count 5: Dealing a Narcotic Drug, a Level 5 felony.
- Count 6: Dealing a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Level 6 felony.
The arrest stems from a DEA investigation into Dr. Stonger and his three practices called Pain Management Centers of Indiana, located in Peru, Bloomington, and Greenwood.
On February 26, 2016, officers from varying departments assisted the IDEA in serving search warrants at all three Pain Management Centers of Indiana locations, including the Peru office located at 82 East Third Street, and Stonger’s home in Bunker Hill.
At that time, Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey said the investigation was being spearheaded by the Indiana Drug Enforcement Administration.
Additionally, law enforcement officials said allegations of overdosing, misprescribing, and overprescribing had led to the investigation into Stonger’s practices.
Today, Judge Flowers heard the probable cause affidavit and made a no contact order for Stonger’s victims.
Officials confirmed today that Dr. Stonger’s case began with Stonger trading sexual favors for prescriptions to female patients.
It has also been confirmed that a former staff member of the doctor made a complaint against him that there were numerous times when the doctor would spend an enormous amount of time with these female patients and would not allow other staff members to enter the rooms.
Judge Flowers set bond today for Stonger at $100,000 cash and a $500,000 surety bond.
Dr. Stonger is scheduled to appear at an initial hearing tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Indianapolis, and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office is also scheduled to appear on Thursday before the Professional Licensing Agency Board to recommend Dr. Stonger’s license be suspended.
The Attorney General's Office has scheduled a press conference tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the case officially.