Doctor Arrested In Sex-For-Drugs Sting

Updated 01/14/11 – 4:34 p.m.

WILMETTE, Ill. (CBS) — An Oak Park doctor was arrested Thursday for allegedly offering to trade prescription drugs for sex.

Wilmette police said that undercover officers responded to a posting that Dr. Joshua Baron, 37, placed on the website Craigslist, offering prescription drugs for trade.

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After exchanging a series of emails, Baron, of 824 S. Taylor Av. in Oak Park, allegedly offered to trade phony prescriptions for sex acts, police said.

Baron was arrested after traveling to Wilmette to make the trade and he was charged with attempted delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, and solicitation of a sex act, a misdemeanor.

There was no answer at Baron’s home on Friday and neighbors didn’t want to go on camera, but as CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, most neighbors said they had a hard time believing the allegations against the father of three.

“I’m shocked and I’m waiting to find out if it’s actually true,” one neighbor said. “He is a really nice guy; the whole family.”

Baron and his wife were in the process of attempting to adopt a blind child from China. They have written about the process in a family blog.

Judge Larry Axelrood set Baron’s bond at $2,000 Friday afternoon and ordered a preliminary hearing for Jan. 21, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

A representative for Rush University Medical Center confirmed that Baron was on staff there. He has been suspended, pending further investigation into his case and won’t be allowed on campus or to see or admit patients at the hospital.

According to a biography of Baron posted on the hospital’s website, he joined the Rush Pediatric Neurology division in July 2006. He has a focus in epilepsy, particularly in neonatal epilepsy and the interactions between sleep and epilepsy.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • RB

    Everything down the toilet for a piece of _ss Idiot!

  • Liz

    I hope they take his medical license away and put him in jail for a long time.

  • jim

    Mom & Dad have to be very proud after all the money spent on college and Med school!

  • Portly_Gentleman

    The most mighty and prestigious of men have fallen victim to trying to get a piece of _ss. (King David, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Martin L. King Jr. to name only a few). Some had a lot more consequences then others. All of them risked everything they had for some strange. Don’t feel too bad, Dr. Baron. You’re in good company.

  • Vetus

    When I was fifteen, my older brother gave me a book before he shipped-out to his next duty station. The book had the stupidest name, “Whistling in the Dark.” The book grossed me out at fifteen but by the time I turned nineteen, I couldn’t wait to go whistling in the dark. Today I whistle in the daytime also.

  • Vicky

    My mother always said that neurologists were weird.

  • babette

    WOW – he is my son’s doctor. Time to find a new doctor. The poor child they were going to adopt. Why oh why

  • Kelin

    I am not supporting the very poor choices and judgement of Dr. Baron, but he is an excellent doctor who has helped thousands of very ill children to live much better lives. This breaks my heart and I feel very sad for him. Hang in there Dr. will get better.

  • eman

    You forgot Larry Craig Portly_Gentleman!

  • M. Rivera

    My son used to be one of his patients! I would NEVER have imagined this.

  • Mark

    What’s with all the judgement and disdain?

    The poor guy was simply trying to get laid.

    Sadly, unlike his suave and confident colleagues who bag the secretary and the nurses, this poor fool had to find other ways to get his jollies.

  • MOMinCHI

    Well, albiet once must be found guilty first – I thought. But we just found him and I was impressed – NOW what?????????????????????????
    And my son heard this news report

    • MOMinCHI

      oops “one” must be …

  • babette

    Rush has removed him from the website

    • mike

      he was my son’s doc. Now where do we go for help for our son!

  • Christina

    DR BARON is a very good doctor who have helped stop my son from having seizures. Since being seen by DR BARON he hasnt had one in months. Him being arrested is just a shock to hear.

  • GAX

    I know of Dr. Baron during his training. Not withstanding his current legal and personal issues, he is a fine and compassionate clinician. This is a complete shock. A shame that a promising career is now ruined.

  • Tony

    The drug part will ruin his career, and land him in jail for a bit. I feel bad for him.
    If it was just a prostitution sting, his license to practice medicine would still be fine. Lots of docs have had solicitation of prostitution misdemeanors. They just get a reprimand for that- -no prob– unless, of course they’re gay and it was an entrapment sting…then they take away their medical license.

  • Rebecca

    Doctor Baron is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. He is an amazing person and my family stands behind him. We were so desperate when we brought our son to him, he has always been there for us. The rest of you….you without sin can cast the first stone. I am guessing your lives aren’t perfect, either.

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