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Local doctor learns sentence on drug possession, trafficking conviction

Doctor Rodney Curtis was sentenced Thursday to 6 months in the Belmont County Jail and another 6 months at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center for the purposes of rehabilitation.

A local, well-known doctor is behind bars in Belmont County.

And that's where he'll stay for the next several months.

Doctor Rodney Curtis was convicted of five charges late last month following a multiple-day jury trial. He was found guilty of two counts possession of drugs and another three counts of trafficking in drugs.

Curtis was sentenced Thursday to 6 months in the Belmont County Jail and another 6 months at the Eastern Ohio Correctional Center for the purposes of rehabilitation.

Prior to the sentencing, Judge Frank Fregiato said he believed he was going to make everyone unhappy with his decision in this case.

The judge said he spent a considerable amount of time weighing various factors prior to Curtis's sentencing.

"I'm not being lighter on him because he is a doctor, but at the same time I'm not being harsher on him because he is a doctor,” Fregiato said. “This individual will spend time in jail and incarceration but not in prison."

Fregiato said that one of the deciding factors in his sentencing was Curtis's lack of any prior record, but warned that should the doctor violate his community control sanctions, he will be sent to prison for 18 months.

The charges stem from April 2017 when the Belmont County Drug Task Force and the Ohio Pharmacy Board executed a search warrant at his St. Clairsville home.


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