Former Toledo plastic surgeon pleads guilty to sex trafficking, illegal substances charges

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – A Toledo plastic surgeon charged with drugging and raping women was found guilty on two counts after pleading guilty Tuesday. Manish Gupta is sentenced in August on two grounds: sex trafficking and the illegal supply of a controlled substance.

Gupta, 49, owned and practiced at Artisan Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 7634 Central Ave. Staff in Gupta’s office found SD card records showing him having sex with immobile women, sex articles and narcotics. Prosecutors said they had records of more than 20 different unconscious victims.

“This plea is just one step in a long recovery process for the victim, whose courage and bravery should be commended,” said acting US attorney Bridget M. Brennan. “Mr. Gupta’s acknowledgment of his heinous crimes is now leading to a conviction with the government seeking substantial prison sentences. Importantly, Mr. Gupta urges other victims to turn to the FBI. Every victim of sexual violence deserves Justice. “

Investigators also said Gupta arranged sex with an escort in Los Angeles in 2016 to attend a plastic surgery meeting. The woman believed Gupta drugged and raped her.

Both the woman and many of the complaints stated that they were drugged and raped and that the incidents were recorded without her permission.

Agents received a federal search warrant for the employees with USB sticks that saved the images in December 2019. In February 2020, a complaint was filed with the Ohio State Medical Board that Gupta had been raping women for years.

A federal search warrant was carried out in March 2020 in Gupta’s apartment, two doctor’s offices, his vehicle and his phone.

In his locked office, agents found several gender-specific items, SD cards and vials of diazepam and ketamine, drugs that were not used in his doctor’s office.

He will be sentenced on August 25th.

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