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December 15, 2012

Oak Hill physician charged

An Oak Hill physician has been charged with drug trafficking offenses, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Dr. Oscar Gosien, 73, was taken into custody Friday for the felony offenses of delivery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a felony.

His secretary, Kathy Treadway, 54, was also charged with the same two offenses.

They were arrested at Dr. Gosien’s office on Lamplighter Road in Oak Hill; they have not yet been arraigned in the Magistrate Court of Fayette County and no bond has been set.

The arrests stem from a lengthy investigation conducted by officers from the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Oak Hill Police Department.

Personnel from each of these agencies, assisted by uniformed troopers from the Oak Hill detachment of the West Virginia State Police, conducted these arrests.

Additional charges are anticipated to be filed in the very near future.

“We have been receiving complaints about Dr. Gosien for a long time,” Sheriff Steve Kessler said. “Investigators have obtained numerous statements alleging that Dr. Gosien frequently provides various prescription medications to female patients in exchange for sexual favors from these females. Pills prescribed by Dr. Gosien have also been linked to several drug overdose deaths in Fayette County in recent years.”

Kessler added, “It’s bad enough that we have people selling illegal drugs on the streets and breaking into homes to steal prescription medication. What we have with this case is a licensed drug dealer, a physician, who has abused his oath as a medical doctor and who has allegedly been trading prescription pills for sexual favors. Residents of this county have died from the abuse of these prescription pills that were prescribed by Dr. Gosien, and this is unacceptable to me.”

This case remains under investigation by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police and the Oak Hill Police Department. Anyone having information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 304-574-4305 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867. Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Tips section at www.fayettesheriffwv.net.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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