A former Lengthy Island legislator pleaded responsible Friday to patronizing a prostitute and tampering with public information after he was arrested for attempting to commerce tablets for sexual favors, prosecutors stated.
Below the phrases of his plea deal, Dr. William Spencer, who served Suffolk County’s 18th District, was sentenced to 6 months behind bars and three years of probation, in keeping with the Suffolk County District’s Legal professional’s Workplace.
Spencer, 55, 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 tablets in trade for sexual conduct, in keeping with prosecutors.
Spencer was discovered to be in possession of two non-prescribed oxycodone tablets throughout the sting operation that was carried out by Suffolk County police with the help of the DEA’s Lengthy Island Heroin Job Power, 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, in keeping with 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 women,” prosecutors stated.
After his October arrest, an investigation revealed that Spencer had actually employed hookers earlier than — and lied about it to cops, a press launch said.
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 Legal professional Raymond Tierney.
“Nobody is above the legislation, together with elected officers who have interaction in felony conduct. My Workplace is dedicated to the evenhanded administration of justice, and this responsible plea demonstrates that holding a political workplace shouldn’t be a license to interrupt the legislation.”
Spencer represented Huntington within the county legislature from 2012 till his time period expired final 12 months.