Psychiatrist convicted in drugs-for-sex scheme isn’t too old for prison, Pa. court says
February 22, 2018
By Matt Miller
The odds of that happening to 72-year-old Thomas Radecki increased this week when a state Superior Court panel refused to overturn his 11- to 22-year jail term.
In an opinion by Judge Victor P. Stabile, the state court rejected Radecki’s argument that his sentence is too long. In short, Stabile found that Radecki doesn’t deserve a discount on his punishment because of his age.
A Clarion County jury convicted Radecki in 2016 of an array of charges involving illegal prescription of drugs while he ran what was supposed to be a rehab program for people addicted to heroin and pain-killers.
Instead, investigators said, Radecki gave medications to 13 of his patients, usually poor young women, if they agreed to have sex with him. He had a child by one of the victims, Stabile noted.
Radecki’s arrest followed a probe by the state attorney general’s office. That investigation was triggered by the sheer volume of medications Radecki was prescribing through his program “Doctors and Lawyers for a Drug-Free Youth.” He ran that program in Clarion, Venango, McKean and Clearfield counties until he was indicted by a state grand jury.
On appeal to the state court, Radecki claimed he was wrongly prevented from calling a witness who would have testified he was “knowledgeable and well-respected” in the addiction treatment community.
One victim should not have been allowed to testify about a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed against him, Radecki insisted, nor should the same woman have been allowed to tell the jury that he called her too fat to join his commune.
He cited his age in claiming he shouldn’t have received a de facto life prison term for his “nonviolent” crimes.
Stabile shot down all of those arguments.
The victim was properly allowed to testify about her lawsuit because it showed Radecki tried to buy her silence about his illegal acts, Stabile found. He concluded that Radecki’s comments about her weight demonstrated Radecki’s criteria for targeting victims. Stabile noted that Radecki would hire patients with whom he was having sex.
Radecki’s contention that he’s too old to be in prison fell flat, too. He simply doesn’t qualify for a “senior citizen discount,” Stabile found.
When Radecki claimed he no longer has the physical ability to have sex with patients, Stabile cited an observation from the prosecutors. They noted that, at the time of his arrest, Radecky was “sufficiently spry to engage in concurrent sexual relationships with a 25-year-old and a 19-year-old.”