Dentist’s license suspended for inappropriate conduct

July 3, 2012

By Christina Lords

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Gil Furman also charged with overprescibing drugs

State health officials have suspended the license of Newcastle dentist Gil Furman, according to a June 20 Washington State Department of Health release.

The Dental Quality Assurance Commission and the Department of Health said Furman cannot practice safely because of inappropriate conduct with a female patient and overprescribing controlled drugs.

Furman cannot practice in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to ask for a hearing.

The Dental Commission licenses and uses practice standards to discipline dentists in Washington as needed.

Between 2009 and 2010, Furman allegedly prescribed narcotic and non-narcotic medications to three people who weren’t his patients, and didn’t keep records for treating them.

Furman is also alleged to have prescribed at least 450 hydrocodone pills to a patient for a nondental use between November 2011 and March 2012, according to the release.

In September 2011, Furman was convicted in King County Superior Court on two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, gross misdemeanors. Furman molested a child from the time she was 13 years old until she was 15, according to the release.

As part of the conviction, Furman received a one-year suspended jail sentence. The suspension came under the condition that he spend 60 days in jail work release and complete 720 hours of community service within one year.

Furman, who was sentenced by Judge Mariane C. Spearman on Sept. 16, was also sentenced to two years of probation. He must register as a sex offender and cannot have contact with the victim or her family.

Furman entered an Alford plea for the charges Aug. 9.

Under the plea, Furman denied the allegations against him, but pleaded guilty “to the two gross misdemeanor counts in order to avoid going to trial on the charges and risk conviction of one or more felony counts,” according to a statement attached to his plea.

Furman pushed the girl into walls and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear, prosecutors said in the charging documents. The girl stated the incidents happened about 50 times, the documents said.

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