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Michigan, Ohio plastic surgeon accused of drugging, raping and recording women

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:13:56-04

(WXYZ) — A plastic surgeon who owns a practice in Taylor has been accused of drugging and raping women, along with recording them without their consent.

Manish Gupta, 49, is an Ohio-based doctor that is licensed in both Ohio and Michigan. He owns two practices in Toledo and Sylvania, Ohio.

In January 2019, investigators began looking into allegations that Gupta improperly drugged and then performed sex acts on a woman who worked as an escort in 2016.

According to court records, the victim told Gupta that she was not comfortable with being filmed under any circumstances.

On September 23, 2016, the victim met with Gupta at a hotel in Los Angeles, where he was allegedly attending a medical conference, and told investigators that she woke up the next morning with little recollection of the encounter.

According to court records, the victim suspected she had been drugged and took a home drug test, which tested positive for benzodiazepine. She then underwent a rape exam. Officials say that she was told that the results of her rape kit would be held as evidence for up to seven years or until she was ready to press criminal charges.

At the time, the victim did not report the incident to law enforcement.

Court records say that she went on specific websites where escorts and other women can share information about men who are dangerous. She learned via the sites that she was not the first victim to have been allegedly drugged, raped and likely video-recorded by Gupta.

According to court records, a woman called Artisan Cosmetic Surgery, Gupta's Toledo practice, stating that Gupta had drugged her, raped her and recorded her. She was able to accurately describe Gupta's cell phone case, which had the practice's logo on it, and she correctly described the vehicle he drove.

One of Gupta's employees reportedly relayed the information to him and his alleged response was that she was "just trying to get money from him."

In late 2013, court records show that employees at the practice found a black bag filled with sex toys, lubrications, syringes, empty anesthesia bottles and narcotics. Some of the narcotics found in the bag were identical to the narcotics used in Gupta's practice.

Later, another employee found SD cards in Gupta's office allegedly depicting Gupta having sex with women who appeared to be unconscious. Employees believe the images and videos on the SD cards were later stored on thumb drives.

In December 2019, the FBI obtained a federal search warrant for the thumb drives, where they found videos of Gupta allegedly engaging in sex acts with unconscious women.

Court records show that Gupta's Toledo practice had multiple violations, including failing to complete the necessary DEA forms when drugs were delivered to the practice.

One employee interviewed during the investigation said a large shipment of ketamine was attempted to be delivered to the practice. The employee noted that the order was too large and unnecessary and sent it back to the manufacturer. The employee later believed that Gupta may have placed the order.

Gupta has been arrested and charged with illegally dispensing controlled substances, aggravated sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

In response to the charges, Beaumont Health released a statement saying that although Gupta has not attended to patients at the hospital in a decade, his "dormant privileges to practice any medicine" at the hospital's facilities are immediately revoked. The full statement is below.

"Dr. Manish Gupta has never been employed by Beaumont Health in any role and has not attended any patients at any Beaumont hospital for a decade," the statement reads. "However, as a result of the charges he recently faces in Ohio, Beaumont has immediately revoked Dr. Gupta’s dormant privileges to practice any medicine in our facilities. We have no knowledge of these accusations apparently stemming from Gupta’s private office practice activity in Ohio."