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Doc Who Wanted to Feel Good Traded Drugs for Sex on Craigslist

Tripped up by a police sting, Oak Park man could be headed to federal prison for 9 to 11 years.

Joshua Baron's 2011 Wilmette Police Department booking mug.
Joshua Baron's 2011 Wilmette Police Department booking mug.

OAK PARK, IL — Three years ago, Wilmette Police arrested Dr. Joshua Baron, a pediatric neurologist, and accused him of bartering drugs for sex on Craigslist.

“Do you need Adderall?" the Oak Park doctor's ads would read. "Please let me know what you are willing to trade. Please also send a pic. I am good-looking, fun and into just about anything.”

At least 16 people took him up on the offer, according to authorities. But Baron was snared when he tried to trade drugs for sex with an undercover cop. At one point, he even told the undercover cop to look up his photo on the Rush University Medical Center website.

Now the 40-year-old ex-doctor could get 9 to 11 years in prison, according to a plea deal entered into federal court Friday.

Baron confessed he provided thousands of doses of controlled substances — 3,420 Adderall and Xanax pills as well as Norco, Percocet, Vicodin, Ativan, Ritalin, Darvocet and Oxycontin  — between 2006 and 2011 and received sex and money in return.

All the while, he was conducting research and clinical trials on children with epilepsy and studies to evaluate new pharmaceuticals for kids.

After Wilmette Police arrested Baron in 2011, the DEA and Chicago Police launched a broader probe of his activities, resulting in the federal charges in October. After his arrest, Baron was suspended from his job at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and he voluntarily gave up his medical license. He was also affiliated with Stroger Hospital in Cook County and St. Anthony's Hospital.

He faces sentencing June 20, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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BertH April 04, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Michael, its called reverse affirmative action.
Dr G April 07, 2014 at 05:54 PM
That's why I see a chiropractor instead of pill pushing degenerates for my pain relief. Only lazy slobs still rely on meds to get them through the day
JF April 09, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Dr G good luck seeing your chiropractor when you have a real injury that leaves you with real pain. Your minor back pain Is trivial if cracking your joints relieves it. Just wait till you have severe pain every day and nobody cares. You seem to think doctors WANT to treat pain. They don't and won't anymore. Everyone suffers now
babs April 09, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Funny thing is, he never pushed drugs on us at all. Like I said in my previous post, he always talked about doing organic things, buying organic/green products for his family, environmental friendly, that sort of thing. He was telling us about using drugs as a last resort. That is one of the reasons we were really shocked to see what has happened to him. He has secret, dark side I guess.
Dr G April 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM
JF I suffered from spinal stenosis with radiculopathy! Not serious enough, turd? Keep eating oxycontins and sitting on ur a$$ while I get treated without drugs or surgery.

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