Dean Alan Willoughby, who was indicted on 74 counts of practicing medicine without a license and sexual abuse, pleaded guilty to 35 charges Tuesday in Fayette Circuit Court.
Willoughby pleaded guilty a week before his case was to go to trial. He pleaded guilty to 15 counts of practicing medicine without a license, a felony; six counts of criminal attempt to practice medicine without a license, a misdemeanor; and 14 counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, said Assistant Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn.
She said Willoughby pleaded guilty to every count for which the prosecution had a victim available to testify. She said 20 of Willoughby's victims were set to testify.
Willoughby, who is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 6, could get as much as 15 years in prison, Red Corn said. Willoughby was released on $7,500 cash bond.
The Mount Sterling man was indicted last year on 45 counts of practicing medicine without a license and 28 counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
He was recently indicted on an additional count of practicing medicine without a license, and Red Corn said there was information pertaining to another such charge.
Lexington police have said Willoughby, who is in his 40s, posed as a doctor doing medical research and paid people, mostly homeless men, $50 each to examine their prostates, check for hernias and inject them with what they thought were vitamins. Some of the charges against him dated back to incidents that occurred as long ago as 1996, according to police.
In 1994, Willoughby was arrested in Columbia, S.C., for performing genital and rectal exams on people. He had claimed he was conducting a steroid study at the University of South Carolina. He pleaded guilty to several charges, including practicing medicine without a license, aggravated assault and distributing a controlled substance.