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Doctor in child sex case resigns

Cannot practice medicine in state

The state Board of Registration in Medicine has accepted the resignation of a neurologist who admitted to soliciting sex from a minor in 2008.

Dr. Roger Wesley Farris II voluntarily gave up his right to practice medicine in Massachusetts on Jan. 24, and the board accepted that action Wednesday, according to the board and a copy of his sworn resignation.

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“[We] took this action in ­order to protect the public and prevent the physician from ever practicing medicine again in the Commonwealth,” the board said in a statement.

Following a sting operation, Farris pleaded guilty in 2011 to attempting to pay $750 for sex with a 10-year-old girl at at the Quality Inn hotel in Pittsburgh in 2008, according to a statement posted on the website of the US Immigration and ­Customs Enforcement agency. The physician offered the money to an undercover agent posing as the girl’s uncle.

Licensed to practice in Massachusetts from 2000 to 2007, Farris graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1996 and specialized in dementia research at the University of Pittsburgh, said a separate statement from the state Board of Registration in Medicine. He achieved board certification in neurology.

Farris was sentenced in federal court to three years and eight months in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, according to the ICE website. Before sentencing, his attorney argued that a head injury he suffered in a 2005 mugging prompted his behavior, which US District Judge David Stewart Cercone called “nothing less than despicable.”

In setting Farris’s sentence, which is about half as long as recommended by sentencing guidelines, Cercone said he considered that Farris would probably lose his medical ­license as a result of his conviction, according to ICE. Farris was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

‘[We] took this action in order to protect the public.’

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Farris lived in suburban Fox Chapel, Penn., at the time of his March 2008 arrest. In 2011, he lived in Waynesboro, Va.

Phone calls for comment to the state Board of Registration in Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center were not immediately returned.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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