On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, Dr. Randy Joe Spicer, 40 years of age and a naturopathic doctor from Prescott, was sentenced by the Honorable Tina Ainley of the Yavapai County Superior Court to a total 13.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections, followed by 3 years’ probation and lifetime sex offender registration. Judge Ainley also revoked Dr. Spicer’s license to practice medicine.
The sentence is the result of two separate criminal cases. On April 17, 2013, Dr. Spicer pled guilty to four counts of Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation, one count of Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Possession of Marijuana. In the second criminal case, Dr. Spicer pled guilty to one count of Conspiracy to Commit Transportation of a Dangerous Drug for Sale.
The cases against Dr. Spicer started in early Spring of 2012 when detectives with the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (“PANT”) received information regarding Dr. Spicer’s prescribing practices. Through efforts of the Yavapai County Prescription Pill Task Force, undercover doctor visits were arranged by detectives. During the course of the investigation into Dr. Spicer’s prescribing practices, a minor patient reported that Dr. Spicer engaged in sexual activity with her on two separate occasions at his medical practice. A search warrant on Dr. Spicer’s medical office and residence was executed. Several emails were located between Dr. Spicer and the minor patient in which Dr. Spicer solicited sexual conduct with the minor patient. Dr. Spicer was arrested for Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation.
While on bail, a detective with the Prescription Pill Task Force arranged an undercover visit with Dr. Spicer. The detective, acting as a fictitious patient, advised Dr. Spicer that he previously prescribed pills to him and that he has not taken any one of the pills but instead sold them. The detective stated that he had someone interested in purchasing pills from him and if the doctor would prescribe him pills for that purpose. Dr. Spicer prescribed 90 Xanex pills to the undercover detective.
Text messages were also obtained in which Dr. Randy Spicer was soliciting sexual conduct with another minor. Although not formally charged for that crime, the parties agreed to add a count to the plea agreement that encompassed Dr. Spicer’s conduct with this additional victim.