7/3/2014 5:10 PM
by Karen Franklin
Oak Hill - Oscar Gosien pleaded for the court to spare him jail time but to no avail.
"I would like to apologize for my misjudgments and failures in the past," Gosien told the courtroom. "This affected practically everybody, especially my family and friends and Catholic parish I belong to."
On Thursday Judge John Hatcher sentenced the 74-year-old former doctor to a minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of 35.
Gosien pled guilty in May to three counts of drug charges involing Hydrocodone, Opana and Oxycodone. Gosien prescribed the painkillers to patients in exhange for sexual favors while at his Oak Hill office, a practice he'd operated for 29 years.
Fifty-three drug charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal. Judge Hatcher called Gosien "nothing but a community drug dealer. Period."
"You have special scientific knowledge, and you know when those drugs are ingested what they do, where do they go, how they affect the brain and all the other aspects of the body," Hatcher said.
Shannon Bird told WOAY her brother passed away two days after the former physician prescribed him a high dose of pain meds without performing a physical exam.
"He's an intelligent man," she said. "He did this out of selfishness and neglect, so I don't think he deserves to be in the community or live in his own house with his own family."
Bird's brother was 33 years old and a father of four.
"I think it is telling people you're not just going to get a slap on the wrist anymore," Bird said. "Maybe this will put a stop to the drugs."
Judge Hatcher said West Virginia has the third largest drug abuse rate in the nation. He said Gosien cast caution to the wind with disregard for patients who overdosed as a result of his practices.