The night before he was charged this week, a Long Island dentist accused of trading painkillers for sexual favors sent text messages suggesting he would give a woman a prescription of Percocet if she wanted to “hang out” and “Party a little,” federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Barry Arnold, 70, of Williston Park, New York, was charged with 28 counts of distributing controlled substances, accused of abusing his prescription privileges in a four-year plan to provide women with oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax in exchange for sex acts.
Arnold, indicted on Tuesday and arrested Wednesday, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in New York’s federal Eastern District Court, in Central Islip.
The defendant pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors said Arnold did not cooperate with authorities during his Long Island, New York, office arrest.
He refused to give his fingerprint or unlock his iPhone, despite a search warrant requiring him to provide details, federal prosecutors added.
Arnold, who was first licensed to practice in New York in 1975, continued to be listed as a registered dentist in the state’s licensing database on Thursday. His name was not on the registers of misconduct proceedings. He graduated from New York University’s medical school in 1974.
Prosecutors said Arnold distributed prescriptions to at least six different women on numerous occasions from October 2016 to August 2020, often meeting them after hours at his offices in Lynbrook and Valley Stream.
The women were not Arnold’s dental patients and the prescriptions were not for legitimate medical purposes, prosecutors said.
Long Island dentist arrested for ‘providing prescription oxycodone and Xanax in exchange for sex’ in his office (pictured) in Valley Stream, Long Island, during after hours
Dentist Dr. Barry Arnold was arrested after prescribing over-the-counter drugs to at least six different women between October 2016 and August 2020
Arnold is accused of having sex with women as payment for the drugs and has gone with them to pharmacies several times to collect bribes in the form of pills which he then handed out to women individually, prosecutors said.
Arnold also bought and used crack cocaine from a number of women, prosecutors said.
On Monday, Arnold exchanged text messages with someone he believed to be one of the women, asking if she wanted to “hang out” and “party a little,” saying that he “maybe give you a perc script.” could give,” prosecutors said.
He further texted that she could bring a friend “who likes to party,” the prosecutors added.
Acting US Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said Arnold’s alleged crimes waive his professional oath.
“As has been claimed, Dr. Arnold abused his position as a dentist and preyed on vulnerable, drug-addicted women by trafficking prescriptions for sex acts,” acting US Attorney Kasulis said.
“We are committed to vigorously prosecuting medical professionals who renounce their Hippocratic Oaths and contribute to the rise of drug abuse and addiction in our communities.”
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter Fitzhugh said the dentist’s behavior “is no different from that of a street dealer.”
A message requesting comment was left with Arnold’s attorney, who remains unknown.
Arnold is released on $200,000 bail in house arrest while wearing an electronic security bracelet around his ankle.
He must also hand in his DEA registration for writing regulations for controlled substances.
Arnold can still be a dentist, but cannot perform oral surgery or administer nitrous oxide.
He may administer Novocain to his patients, but he must stay away from witnesses and alleged victims.
The next hearing date is October 29 at the same court in the US Eastern District Court of New York.