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A Muscatine, Iowa doctor is facing several charges related to trading prescriptions for sex.

Dr. David Gierlus of Illinois City, Illinois is charged with three federal counts of distributing controlled substances.

The government alleges that Gierlus "has dispensed powerful controlled substances," like Adderall, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, and Darvon hundreds of times in return for sexual favors from at least 30 women.

The sexual contact allegedly ranged from ''oral sex, both during medical appointments and outside the office in Gierlus's vehicle, to intercourse in the examination room during medical appointments."

One of the female patients told investigators that she and the doctor had sexual contact "more than 50 times."  She also told investigators that she bluntly told the doctor she sells the pills on the street.

The federal affidavit states that the Muscatine Police Department recorded one of the woman's appointments when the doctor allegedly exposed his genitals, kissed her, gave her $100 and a prescription for Adderall.

Another patient says friends referred her to Dr. Gierlus because "Gierlus would prescribe whatever you want if you allowe him to 'rub on you.'"

Gierlus was released from custody on bond.

A spokesperson for Trinity Health Systems says Gierlus is no longer seeing patients and that Trinity will take "appropriate" action in the case.

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