Thursday, December 16, 2004

Former Clewiston Doctor Arrested

CLEWISTON, FL. -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Clewiston
Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Broward
County State Attorney's Office announce the arrest of a former Clewiston
doctor accused of kidnapping and sexual battery. FDLE Special Agent Scott
Gibson and investigators with the Louisiana State Penitentiary arrested Dr.
Daniel Phillip McIntire Jr., 48, currently residing in Ruston, La., Tuesday
at approximately 2:50 p.m. at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola
when he showed up for a job interview for the position of prison physician.
McIntire is charged with one count of kidnapping and 11 counts of sexual
battery victim helpless/incapacitated.

FDLE began investigating the allegations against McIntire at the request of
the Clewiston Police Department in August 2003. McIntire was practicing
medicine in Clewiston when police received information that the doctor
allegedly drugged and sexually battered at least two female victims.
Shortly after the investigation began McIntire left his practice in
Clewiston and moved to the Palatka, Fla. area where he practiced medicine in
Hawthorne. McIntire fled Florida after a search warrant was served at his
residence in Palatka. Police have recovered video evidence documenting the
alleged attacks.

The FBI was contacted when it was learned by investigators that McIntire
left the state. The FBI obtained a warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid
Prosecution (UFAP) and joined in the search for McIntire. McIntire's medical
license is as an osteopathic physician and shows a mailing address in
Ruston, LA. He was first licensed in Florida in 1996 and has previous
disciplinary complaints registered against him with the state of Florida.
The Sunday Morning News had previously published McIntire's history of state
disciplinary action in past stories.

McIntire is being held in the West Feliciana Parish jail in Saint Francis,
La. awaiting extradition back to Florida.

The investigation is on going and special agents are asking anyone who might
have information regarding this case to contact FDLE Special Agent Scott
Gibson at 1-800-226-2028.

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