A Green Country psychiatrist is in trouble - for the second time - for sleeping with a patient. Dr. Stephen Greer pleaded guilty to tampering with a witness after prosecutors said he told the patient to lie about their affair.
The indictment says Stephen Greer worked at the Muskogee VA and was treating an Army veteran. The indictment says the two began a sexual relationship, that he gave her presents and prescribed her drugs.
This isn't the first time for the doctor. I covered Greer back in 2005 when the state board suspended his license when he had an inappropriate relationship with a patient. That time, he was ordered to get counseling; this time, he's going to federal prison.
The indictment says Greer would treat the patient at the VA then they'd go to a motel and have sex. It says Greer texted her in March of 2016, saying, "I think some people can tell but they are not sure. We just need to be careful so we don't feed those thoughts too much."
It says a VA employee saw the couple at a motel and notified the VA who notified the feds. The indictment says Greer told the woman to lie to investigators.
It says he texted her about getting rid of her phone, saying, "They can not read what we wrote to each other UNLESS they get your phone. We will probably need to destroy these phones and get new ones."
"This is a really, really serious matter because our veterans deserve better," said U.S. Attorney Doug Horn.
Greer's attorney says this is an "unfortunate situation and Greer used bad judgment but voluntarily agreed to stop practicing, left the VA, is back in counseling and trying to do everything the government asked."
Greer will go to prison for 18 to 24 months. The state board says Greer's license is currently inactive so he can't practice, and the case is with the board's legal team for prosecution.
I asked the VA why they hired Greer, given his past issue but didn't hear back.