SKOKIE, Ill. (STMW) – A west suburban pediatrician accused of using craigslist to offer prescription drugs for sex pleaded not guilty to a drug charge on Tuesday.
Dr. Joshua Baron, 37, of S. Taylor Ave. in Oak Park was arrested Jan. 13 by Wilmette police and charged with one felony count of attempted delivery of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of solicitation of a sex act.
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On Tuesday, Baron pleaded not guilty and a status hearing was set for April 14, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. Bond was set at $2,000 on Jan. 14.
Wilmette police started investigating Baron after officers saw an advertisement he placed on craigslist.org, a sales and trade website, which offered drugs for trade.
“Our detectives will routinely check online sites for potential criminal activity in the village of Wilmette,” Det. Sgt. Kyle Murphy said. “They saw this and began the investigation.”
Undercover officers struck up an email conversation with Baron, who allegedly offered to exchange illegal prescriptions for sex acts. When he traveled to Wilmette to make the transaction, he was arrested, Murphy said.
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