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Howland doc pleads to trafficking for sex

Published: Wed, January 28, 2009 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ed Runyan

WARREN — Dr. Mark E. Davis, a 47-year-old Howland osteopathic doctor with an office on state Route 193 in Vienna, has pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking.

Gina Arnaut, an assistant Trumbull County prosecutor, said the two charges stem from two videotaped incidents in Dr. Davis’ office — one in August 2006 and one in January 2007 — in which Dr. Davis wrote a prescription for Schedule 3 drugs to a confidential informant in exchange for sexual favors.

The incidents with the confidential informant occurred after complaints were received by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy, which conducted an investigation, Arnaut said.

Dr. Davis, of Brittany Oaks Trail, appeared in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a bill of information, meaning he waived his right to have a grand jury decide whether he should face criminal charges.

Dr. Davis was handcuffed at the end of the hearing and taken to Trumbull County Jail, where he was photographed and fingerprinted before being released on $2,500 bond.

Judge Andrew Logan will sentence Dr. Davis in four to six weeks, after the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department conducts a presentence investigation.

He could get up to 12 months in prison on each count.

Dr. Davis has a medical practice in the Vienna Medical Arts Clinic, 341 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, according to the state medical board.

He has been licensed as a doctor of osteopathic medicine since August 1988 with a specialization in family medicine. He graduated in 1987 from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the medical board Web site says.

No action has been taken against Dr. Davis at this time by the Ohio Medical Board, said Joan Wehrle, executive staff coordinator for the medical board. Felony convictions are grounds for disciplinary action by the board, she said.

Dr. Davis has credentials to practice medicine at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, but not any other Humility of Mary Health Partners facility, said Tina Creighton, spokeswoman for HMHP.

The Ohio Medical Board Web site says Dr. Davis is affiliated with Mahoning Valley Emergency Specialists, which employs emergency room doctors at HMHP.


1Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow, I'm really surprised. Doc was always so compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional when I saw him. Something must have changed in his life and in his moral compass since then. I'm really disappointed.

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2ReserveJudgment(8 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

I have known Dr. Davis for the past 11+ years and I am shocked by this story. I agree with others that have known his as a compassionate, knowledgable and good doctor. I am disappointed in the media (local TV especially) for sensationalizing this story and allowing the woman that settled out of court in the past to make the comments she did on the air. I know that many, many patients and friends would strongly disagree with her assessment of Dr. Davis and would be happy to tell the tv news as much. He is a good doctor and a dedicated father and it is a shame he family is being subjected to this without any details at this point. Without the benefit of full details, I find the charges hard to believe. I know he values his family and his practice too much to take such a risk. Even if it was a lapse in his judgement, we are all human and make mistakes, and it would be a crime if he is made to serve jail time. His family and patients would be the ones to suffer the most. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

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3LUMPY72(65 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

He is a drug pusher..just like in the ghetto

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4Micky(6 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

He has cheated on his wife for years. Liked to call the 900 line from work. Settled out of court twice for the same thing, sex for drugs. Had sex with at least three of his employees. Was in alcohol rehab four years ago. This is just the tip of the iceberg with him. I have known him and his father. I feel sorry for his wife and boys.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

"Dr. Davis wrote a prescription for Schedule 3 drugs to a confidential informant in exchange for sexual favors."

Was the doctor being corrupted or was he already corrupt? Lots of rumors abound and it is sad that he put his career in the sewer.

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6beachgirl52(1 comment)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

Give me a break, people.....
When your, and I mean, your.... slate is clean, totally, then you can comment about some one else, otherwise, give us all a rest and go get a life....

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7aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

Aww. Someone got offended. :(

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81CANNONBALL1(2 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago


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91CANNONBALL1(2 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago


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10girliegirl(1 comment)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

Common knowledge for years that he has passed out diet pills like candy

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11baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm wondering about the lamb story too. Those comments were funny. As far as the doc and a clean slate, he has to adhere to professional ethics which he completely violated. If you play with fire, you are going to get burnt. Nobody forced him to give the drugs to patients for sex. He made some serious ethical and legal mistakes, so now its payup time.

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12XFilesX(77 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

He is just one on many in the area KNOWN for passing out drugs like candy. They are WELL KNOWN.

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13inawe(7 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

This is to allstar720. Do you realize that his loved ones may be reading your comments? It is hard enough to deal with what happened. Reading such horrible comments like yours only makes it worse. You have a right to your opinion. Keep in mind how you would feel if the roles were reversed and you were reading horrible comments about your family.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

You have no compassion for the hard working doctor. He is merely practicing up for the big leagues. Big leagues? Yes ! POLITICS ! He is now experienced enough to enter the political arena.

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15baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

I feel for his family. But, this isn't the first time this has happened with the good doctor. He had already settled out of court for doing this in the past. He knew he was under a microscope. Yet, he kept doing it. Sex with employeee! Sex for drugs from his patients! That leaves only one conclusion- he is a scumbag. His family should have bailed on him a long time ago.

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16scrooge(563 comments)posted 7 years, 5 months ago

You guys all need to relax. If every executive who slept with a coworker was fired we'd have 1) NO politicans, 2)Fewer female promotions for "doing what it takes to succeed" and 3)Unemployment in the area over 50%.
The fact that he was prescribing pills for sex, well, I'll refrain on commenting until I hear his side of the story. There are always 2 sides to every story-I'd like to hear his
(I hope the women were hot!)

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17inawe(7 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

I will be sure to let his mother know that you think his mother is a scumbag. I wonder what your mother thinks of you being so rude. Grow up and learn that your words hurt people.

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18inawe(7 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, I was upset and that didn't come out right. Let me start again... I will be sure to let his mother know that you think that he is a scumbag. I think you are for being such an insensitive jerk. Don't get me wrong, what happened was wrong. It is not okay for you to make such rude comments about people. You are not perfect and have no right to say such evil things.

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19baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Memo to scrooge regarding the doctors side of the story. HE PLED GUILTY!!!! Trsnalation- he was guilty of the charges and made a deal for a lesser sentence. This was his criminal case. He also settled out of court in a civil suit a few years ago for the same type of offense. What side do you want to hear?

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20inawe(7 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Once again, your rude comments don't help matters. I am not a child and you don't need to speak to me as such. Again, his family does not need to read your comments. Think before you speak!

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21aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Of course they don't need to. No one's making them go to Vindy.com.

Just sayin'.

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22baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes, its time for the good doctor to save face. The guards should be aware of any requests for a shower rod and rope.

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23Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago


After ingesting numerous physician's samples of viagra to verify their effectiveness, the vilified doctor ran afoul of the law doing what comes naturally after a viagra high. This may be grounds for a lawsuit against viagra as they didn't provide a proper warning on the package.

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24dean01(2 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Well i worked as a temporary for Dr. Davis for 6weeks in 1999. One of the nicest people you ever did meet. The only problem i had was that he saw 110 patients in a day. Now How can a patient get good quality care for 2 minutes? You cant. He did have a lot of patients that came in for diet pills. I never saw him rx them or give them to his patients. I am very disappointed that this dr did this because of how much of a wonderful person i thought he was. His office was a great place to work and i would definately do it again.

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25legalRN(1 comment)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Oh...Please! I have also known this doctor for years and I know people who have worked for him. He has always been a pervert and a nasty employer. He deserves every bit of what he gets. Are any of you even thinking about his wife??? Have fun in jail PIG!

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26ReserveJudgment(8 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Everyone needs to stop throwing insults at this man. None of you know the whole story here. For as many people who are quick to judge and post horrible comments about him, there are many more who don't post but agree that, while he is not perfect (and NO ONE is), he is not the monster some describe either. You people need to get a life and stop posting your comments when it is impossible for him to defend himself to each of you. Ever heard of "he said, she said"? Why are these drug seekers or any of you to be believed? What makes you all so credible? I have known him as long or longer than many of you and know some things you say are completely false. Those 2 cases settled years ago were probably just settled to quiet the drug seekers so he could get back to treating his patients. If they were so sure he was a criminal, why did they take the money instead of putting him behind bars??? Maybe the "guilty" plea was his best chance to spare his family the pain of a trial. Stop causing this family more pain.

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27Lifesnadir(164 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

I just wonder something about the people commenting here who claim to have worked for Doctor Davis.

Aren't YOU violating the ethics of being an employee --or ex-employee--- in a doctor's office? I'd hate to think of any of you sitting at the front desk of ANY doctor's office, because *your* ethics need an overhaul. What's next? talking about patients by name?

IF you as an employee saw unethical or illegal behavior by ANY physician, dentist, or other professional, YOU should have reported it to the appropriate Licensing Board or to the DEA. YOU did not, obviously, think Dr. Davis's actions were "so wrong" while you were grabbing your paycheck on payday. So, why are you here making claims about what you (supposedly) saw while working there?

And, I sure hope the prosecutor requests your IP addresses from the Vindy and hauls each of you into testify, since you each claim to have first-hand knowledge of OTHER wrongdoing.

So, which of you is heading to the phone to call in to any official about what you claim to know?

No one?

I thought so.

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28Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Someday the doctor will write a book and reap the benefits. It worked for Al Gore.

by Dr. Mark E. Davis

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29baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Nice one Stan. Memo to reserve judgement. Why are you portraying the good doctor as a victim? He put himself in this situation, not anyone else. If he is so innocent, why didn't he fight this instead of rolling over and pleading guilty? This is nothing personal towards the good doctor. He was stupid enough to put himself in this position, so the comments are warranted. He is a doctor who took an oath to uphold certain ethics regarding patients. He broke that oath so he could get his jollies. If he can't keep his pants on until he got off of work, then he has some serious issues. The victims here are is family, not the doctor.

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30inawe(7 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

You are right, the victims are his family. That being said.... QUIT MAKING SUCH RUDE COMMENTS PEOPLE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Move on to the next story!

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31aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

"The only problem i had was that he saw 110 patients in a day. Now How can a patient get good quality care for 2 minutes?"

Two minutes, huh? He's quick!

P.S. Baboo -- not that I can speak for Stan, but I'm about 95% sure that he is only being sarcastic and does not really see the doctor as a victim.

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32baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks aeparish. I was commenting on how funny Stans book title was.

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33baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Can anyone say Dr. Feelgood!

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342cents(18 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Dr Davis would not hurt a fly and is not an aggressive or manipulative person and/or doctor. After knowing him & his family for over 40 yrs I can tell you 1st hand the waiting room was never full of druggies waiting for a handout. Nor was he a womanizer trying to get all the females into the sack. His biggest crime was being too nice & overworked. This was clear entrapment and nothing more! He's helped many families and has catered to the poor for decades (as well as his father beforehand). Someone got mad at him & took it to an extreme. Plus why is it okay for woman to have sex with a doctor for drugs and/or any other reason? Getting out of a prostitution or drug charge themselves is a sorry reason to take down a fabulous doctor!

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35paulydel(1598 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Whats wrong with bartering?

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36baboo(43 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

He could be a saint, but that doesn't mean he didn't break several laws. Can anyone say Catholic Priests? How many priests were praised with honor and accolades while they were having sex with young boys. He can be the greatest person in the world. But that doesn't excuse his crimes. As far as the women are concerned, they never took an oath to uphold the ethics of a profesional caregiver. Note that I wrote WOMEN, not a single woman.

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37aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Do you mean the women the worked in the office?

If so, I was always told that that 'oath' should be something that is automatic and understood. As someone who works the front desk at two different medical facilities, if I am cognizant of unethical behavior happening around me, it is my responsibilty to report that to whoever is next in the chain of command. In the event of that person being the one exhibiting unethical behavior (i.e., the doctor), it goes to whomever is next after him or her. In this case, it would be straight to the licensing board.

These women who claim to have worked under Dr. Davis and who claim they were aware of this behavior occuring are almost just as guilty as he is, in a sense. What fools they were to have waited this long to come clean about it, much less to do so on a public website.

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38injusticeallover(4 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Ad should read: Woman offers sex for drugs.
Two wrongs don't make a right.Sounds like somebody's trying to pass the buck to get a lighter sentence themselves! I thank him for sparing the "taxpayer" the expense of a trial in our economic times.

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39Debba99(3 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

NO profession or authority is EXEMPT from human frailities. MY gripe is the Civil Courts in States who take the word of professionals as GOSPEL and evidence to dispute them and their reports are supressed or deemed 'without credibility'.

State Civil Courts must have monitoring with checks and balances so civil rights and due process of law are not so easily violated by a Kanagroo process

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40AHardonetoswallow(1 comment)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

"Judge not or you to shall be judged"
I have know Dr. Davis for many years and he has been a tremendous caregiver.

We can not condon what he has admitted to but, we must also realize he is human. None of us are 100% pure. We have all lacked judgement in our professional for those of us who have professions and our personal lives.

Our politicians use our tax dollars for hookers, mistresses and all they have to do is say "I am sorry".

Bartering for sex or services and goods is not all that unusual. We all do it. Husband buys wife new diamond, she puts out. Girlfriend takes you on vacation he puts out. When you get dressed up to go out thinking someone will buy your drinks because you look hot...The list can go on and on.

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41aeparish(669 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

You can't even compare a serious relationship with what this doctor did.

On the patient's part, that may as well be considered prostitution. Normal people in a serious relationship don't have sex as an exchange for an object.

If my boyfriend is going to buy me a diamond, I'm not going to have sex with him because he bought me something. I'm going to have sex with him because I love him.

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42ReserveJudgment(8 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

"Memo" to "baboo":

I wish I could have replied to your comments to me sooner, but I was out of town accepting a great job with a 10% pay increase instead of sitting on-line like a lot of you posters with nothing better to do. Now that I am back, I was hoping you had all calmed down and moved on to other things. Obviously, I was wrong.

As far as your comment that I am "portraying" the doctor as "a victim" or "innocent", I am doing neither one. I am simply saying that you and many others are reading far more into this situation than you should and trying to pass it off as fact. You all need to RE-read the definition of "pleading guilty" in the Vindy article above:

"Dr. Davis, of Brittany Oaks Trail, appeared in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a bill of information, meaning he waived his right to have a grand jury decide whether he should face criminal charges."

He did NOT admit to doing anything, so stop playing judge and jury in this little virtual world of yours and quit the comments. Enough already.

By the way, it is easy for many of you to make any comments you want and hope people believe it is all true. However, I would venture to say that the accusers and many of you have questionable character and morals yourself if you all knew about this "horrible" doctor and allowed it to go on or just took the money and ran. It is a fact that desperate people will often say anything, even ruin innocent peoples' lives just to get what they want (money, attention or a lighter sentence of their own, perhaps?) Ever consider that may be the case here???

If you are all so concerned about "ruined lives," think of his family and let this go.

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43inawe(7 comments)posted 7 years, 4 months ago

Reserve Judgement... I cannot thank you enough for your comments... a family member.

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