An Ohio plastic surgeon is accused of drugging multiple women, raping them and recording the encounter. Dr. Manish Raj Gupta, 49, a board-certified plastic surgeon and medical doctor, was arrested by the FBI on March 6, and booked at the Lucas County Corrections Center. He is charged with illegally dispensing controlled substances, aggravated sexual abuse, and sex trafficking.
Local news reports say Gupta consented to detention without prejudice so he'll remain in custody If convicted, he could face life in prison.
According to Gupta’s website – Artisan Cosmetic Surgery – he owns three clinics – two in Ohio - in Toledo and Oregon – and one in Taylor, Michigan.
News reports say the FBI filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to investigate Gupta in January 2019. The Blade reported that a woman, identified in the complaint as “KB,” and worked as a high-end escort, told the FBI she met with Gupta at a convention for plastic surgeons at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Los Angeles in September 2016.
The Blade report says that he KB said she had consensual oral sex with Gupta before dinner, but refused to be recorded. However, after dinner, the Blade reports says that KB “believes she was drugged to the point of unconsciousness” even though she did not give permission to use drugs. That's when she believes that Gupta had sex with her without her consent and recorded the incident.
After waking up and realizing that Gupta was in the bathroom, KB reportedly went to a friend who is an anesthesiologist. She gave him a urine sample for an at-home drug test and tested positive for a benzodiazepine, a type of tranquilizer, the Blade report says. The Blade report, citing court documents, says that it was then that KB went to a rape treatment center at Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and had a rape kit performed.
Afterward, KB found others online who made a similar complaint about a plastic surgeon from Toledo called “Dr. G” from March 2013 through September 2016. According to the Blade report, the FBI obtained a search warrant on Dec. 30, 2019 for Dr. Gupta, and found thumb drives that contained five different videos of Gupta engaging in sex acts with four different unconscious women. After a second search on March 6, agents obtained more evidence from Gupta’s homes, two of his medical offices, his car, and electronics. They also obtained his DNA sample. The FBI also found “significant, unaccounted-for-losses of drugs, such as Ketamine, Valium, fentanyl, and morphine,” the Blade reported, and added that Gupta received a shipment of Ketamine two weeks prior to the alleged incident with KB.
Meanwhile, the Blade report says that the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy issued multiple warnings after they found discrepancies in record-keeping for controlled substances at one of Gupta’s offices in 2016 and 2019.
According to Gupta’s website, he was born in Troy, Michigan, and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts from Boston University, after which he studied medicine at the American University in the Caribbean. Upon completion of his medical degree, he began training in surgery and completed his General Surgery residency from Huron Hospital—Cleveland Clinic Health System.
His awards included Resident of the Year, and he was designated a chief resident in the Department of Surgery. Subsequent training in Plastic Surgery was completed at the Medical College of Ohio and St. Vincent’s Mercy Hospital Toledo, Ohio. Gupta is proud to be on staff with plastic surgical privileges at St. Anne’s Hospital in Sylvania, St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toledo Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Gupta is currently the chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Charles Hospital, and is also proud to has served as head of the general surgery at Bay Park Hospital.