A Las Vegas doctor who police said threw drug-fueled sex parties at his Henderson mansion and the Trump International hotel has reached a deal with prosecutors.
Andrew Scott Martin, a 47-year-old board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Martin, who initially faced 10 drug charges, including three counts of trafficking a controlled substance, and years in prison in connection with the parties that police raided, is slated to be sentenced in July.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said the deal was negotiated in part because Martin had voluntarily sought substance abuse treatment even before he was indicted.
Prosecutors decided to “treat him similar to other folks who had no prior record and sought help on his own prior to being charged.”
While he could have faced prison time if convicted of trafficking, the possession charges carry mandatory probation.
“This is not a person who should go to prison,” said Wolfson, who called three felony charges a “significant hit to a practicing doctor.”
The doctor partygoers called “Scotty” or “Doctor Scott,” was indicted in February along with his wife, Jennifer Martin, also known as Jennifer Lynn Taylor, and six others with connections to the kinky affairs. Authorities said Martin regularly hosted themed sex parties that attracted hundreds of people who snorted cocaine, swallowed pills and smoked marijuana.
Martin enrolled in an in-patient treatment program at the Betty Ford Center in California and was discharged in November with the recommendation that he enroll in a medical professionals monitoring program and intensive outpatient treatment.
“Now he’s got to prove himself that he is drug free and not engaging in negative behavior anymore,” Wolfson said. “The sexual aspect is something that was not a concern of ours. What was a concern of ours was him furnishing drugs to other people.”
The doctor’s wife pleaded guilty earlier this month to a single charge of possession of drugs which may not be introduced in interstate commerce and paid a $1,000 fine. Jaymie Lenz and Jovan Sanita Smith, who were indicted along with the doctor, did the same.
After earning his medical degree from Howard University in 1995, Martin served as Naval chief of orthopedics during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was part of the orthopedic sports medicine team at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
He was licensed in Nevada in April 2005 and opened ASM Ortho at 5546 S. Fort Apache Road. According to his website, he “specializes in minimally invasive joint reconstruction and arthroscopic treatment of sports related injuries.”
Martin was suspended from practicing medicine for two months after his arrest, according to the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners, and he must meet stringent guidelines for two years if he wants to continue working as a doctor.
Under terms set by the state board in December, he was allowed to return to work but must submit to random hair and urine tests, complete 40 hours of community service related to medicine, not violate any state laws, abstain from all mood-altering or addictive substances unless otherwise prescribed by a treating physician or dentist, attend at least three 12-step meetings each week for 90 days, work with a 12-step sponsor to support his sobriety and attend a Caduceus meeting — Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for health professionals — at least twice a month.
Should he violate any of the terms he faces immediate suspension, and the board would move to revoke his license.
A Metro organized crime bureau detective recently told a grand jury that a confidential informant years ago told police about the “adult-type parties” rife with all kinds of narcotics.
Police later learned more about the doctor’s parties and infiltrated a rendezvous at the Trump hotel and several more at his $4 million Henderson home.
Four other people who were indicted along with the doctor are still awaiting a November trial date.
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