Federal prosecutors ask judge to revoke doctor’s bond

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A Port Clinton physician accused of improperly distributing massive amounts of pain medication faces new allegations that he obtained a prepaid burner phone the day he was arraigned in federal court and used it to violate an order barring him from contacting patients.

Dr. William R. Bauer, 83, is charged in U.S. District Court in Toledo with 245 counts of distribution of a controlled substance and 29 counts of health-care fraud. Investigators contend he failed to adhere to medical standards and overprescribed addictive opioids, such as fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine. He’s accused of improperly distributing 21,350 doses of controlled substances to 14 patients.

The doctor previously entered not-guilty pleas to the charges, for which he faces 30 years to life in federal prison. During his Aug. 21 arraignment before Magistrate Judge James Knepp II, Dr. Bauer was ordered to avoid all contact — direct or indirect — with any person who is or may be a victim or witness in his case, according to court records.

Prosecutors, however, claim that Dr. Bauer on the day he was arraigned obtained a phone with a prepaid account registered under another person’s name, then used the phone to contact patients. Such prepaid phone accounts are often used by people trying to conceal their identities, according to prosecutors’ court filings.

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