PLASTIC SURGEON-SEX CHARGES
Doctor accused of drugging, assaulting escorts is indicted
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio plastic surgeon accused of drugging and sexually abusing more than 20 women and recording the assaults has been indicted on two federal charges. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury in Toledo indicted Manish Gupta, of Sylvania, on one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, and one count of illegally distributing a controlled substance to the sex trafficking victim. The charges relate to alleged assaults on a woman in 2016. Gupta's lawyer says it's "a mere allegation.” Prosecutors allege Gupta drugged and assaulted escorts he hired while traveling to conferences in large U.S. cities. Ohio's medical board recently revoked his license.
HARLAN, Ohio (AP) — The pilot of a small plane was killed when it crashed in a rural area of southwestern Ohio. Authorities say 42-year-old Elio Abiakel, of Mason, was the only person aboard the Piper Cherokee Arrow plane when the aircraft went down late Wednesday in a field in Harlan Township in Warren County. Emergency responders initially could not locate the crash site, and they eventually had to use all-terrain vehicles to navigate the difficult terrain and reach the scene. The plane had departed from Oklahoma and was due to land at the Clermont County Airport in Batavia. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.