Marble Falls psychiatrist indicted on drug charges

BARLOW SMITH

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MARBLE FALLS — A Marble Falls psychiatrist faces multiple charges for allegedly providing drugs to individuals for “other than valid medical purpose.”

And it’s not the first time the doctor has found himself in trouble with the law.

On Jan. 7, a Burnet Grand Jury indicted Barlow Smith, 84, on three counts of fraud-delivery of a controlled substance/prescription. According to the indictment, Smith allegedly provided or prescribed prescription drugs to two different people for “other than valid medical” purposes.

The indictment stated Smith provided or prescribed Phentermine on April 1, 2013, to one individual. The document added he allegedly delivered or prescribed the same drug to another individual on April 29, 2013, as well as Hydrocodone to that person on May 15, 2013.

STEPHANIE MARIE DOKUPIL
STEPHANIE MARIE DOKUPIL

The grand jury also indicted Stephanie Marie Dokupil, 32, on three similar charges.

Both were booked into the Burnet County Jail on Jan. 14. Both posted bond and were released the following day.

In April 2010, a Burnet Grand Jury indicted Smith on sexual assault by a healthcare service provider for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a patient he was treating. In May 2011, a grand jury indicted him on the same charge for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a different patient.

Both charges were eventually dismissed in the spring of 2012.

But the Texas Medical Board did publicly reprimand Smith over the first allegation. According to the agreement document signed June 18, 2009, Smith agreed to the public reprimand as well as completing a professional boundaries course through the University of California San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education program.

He also agreed to pay a $3,000 administrative penalty to the board.

Under the “Findings of Fact” portion of the agreement, the board found that Smith began treating the female patient alleged in the sexual contact in June 2007 for “her major depressive order.” The female patient apparently had suffered a history of sexual abuse as a child.

According to the medical board’s findings, Smith had sex with the patient in December 2007 in his office. The document continued the woman “stated that she had several more meetings with (Smith) that resulted in sexual contact.”

In May 2013, Smith was the subject of an administrative hearing regarding a complaint filed by the Texas Medical Board. The initial allegation appears to revolve around a contract termination with Magellan Health Services, but the medical board added on another investigation after Smith “self-reported” disciplinary action taken against his California medical license.

“During the course of that investigation, it was revealed that (Smith) was indicted for sexual misconduct with two patients and accused of sexual misconduct with a third patient,” the complaint stated.

Under the specific allegations portion of the administrative hearing complaint, the document outlined the two indictments for sexual assault by a healthcare provider but also an additional complaint of sexual misconduct alleged by a third patient.

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