A doctor who was arrested last year after being accused of trading prescriptions for sex is in trouble with the law again.
This time it involves prostitution.
It happened in Millersville Tuesday afternoon. Police told News 2 they were conducting an undercover prostitution sting where 11 people responded to an online ad for prostitutes.
One of those who arrived was Dr. Lawrence Valdez
The 49-year-old Valdez was cited with solicitation of prostitution.
“We’ve has several reports of prostitutes in our area they bring crime and drugs and we are trying to eliminate it,” says assistant chief Dustin Carr.
According to investigators, the 49-year-old doctor reportedly traveled to Millersville to meet with a prostitute he found online. The agreed upon price was $200 for sex.
What Dr. Valdez didn’t realize was that the prostitute was really a policewoman.
Carr says the Hendersonville man was shocked.
“He was in shock, put his head down and looked at the floor and just sat there.”
Dr. Valdez is no stranger to police and handcuffs.
In the spring of 2017, agents with the 18th Judicial Drug Task Force arrested Dr. Valdez. He was officially charged with five counts of issuing prescriptions for narcotics outside the scope of medical practice.
Investigators said Valdez was caught on tape allegedly writing prescriptions for drugs in exchange for money and sex.
News 2 has learned that prior to his arrest, Valdez was a reserve officer, working as the team medic for the Sumner County S.W.A.T. team.
Investigators say he ran a karate studio and, according to Millersville police, after his most recent citation, Valdez told officers he was working as a doctor in Williamson County.
Valdez is currently out of jail on a $500,000 bond.
According to the Sumner County DA’s office, it is not yet known how or if this latest infraction will affect the terms of Valdez’s bond.
When he was arrested in 2017, the D.E.A stripped Dr. Valdez of his license to write any more prescriptions.
Investigators say that Valdez’s trial on his 2017 arrest charges is scheduled for May 2019.
According to the state department of health, Dr. Valdez has been a licensed medical doctor in Tennessee since 2002.
He currently holds an active and valid Tennessee medical license set to expire (or be renewed) in November 2020.
The state shows no history of disciplinary action against him by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.