St. Augustine Doctor Accused of Illegally Distributing Prescriptions in Exchange for Sexual Favors

by | Jan 13, 2023 | Doctors/Healthcare Providers

Scott Hollington Horowitz Law

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Scott Hollington was charged in November 2022 for allegedly prescribing controlled substances in exchange for sexual favors and running a pill mill out of Sawgrass Health in St. Augustine. Hollington faces 10 counts of distribution of controlled substances and one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The indictment also reports that Hollington may be forced to forfeit his medical license. Hollington has been licensed in Florida since 2015. If he is convicted on the drug charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to news reports, Dr. Hollington, 57, has been under investigation for over a year and included law enforcement officers going undercover to build the case against Hollington. Investigators say they obtained search warrants for Hollington’s residence and office, Sawgrass Health, both located in St. Augustine, Florida. Investigators executed the arrest warrant of Hollington, served his ISO, and executed the search warrants, which resulted in the seizure of digital evidence, an undetermined amount of money, and solid gold coins.

During numerous undercover operations, investigators say they discovered Hollington’s also used several mid-level practitioners to sell prescriptions illegally operating in a telemedicine capacity. They also said none of the patients that received medications had legitimate reasons to be prescribed the various medications they received.The 7 practitioners identified as co-conspirators within Hollington’s practice are Rachael M. Pittala, Casie Mccallister, Molly Christensen, Anastasiya Palapoli, Sylvia Hazelwood, Hope King, and Aliaksandra Regan.

Two Additional Women Come Forward Accusing Dr. Scott Hollington of Sexual Assault

Since his indictment, two more women have come to speak against Dr. Scott Hollington. The two women do not know each other but were both Hollington’s patients at Sawgrass Health. Both victims said Hollington took advantage of their situation by encouraging them to provide sexual favors in exchange for writing their prescriptions, and their sexual descriptions were identical.

One of the victims stated, “I was told that going through him was the only way I was going to get help and that if I didn’t comply, no one else would help.” She told police that Hollington made sexual advances toward her and was desperate to get a prescription to deal with what she described as degenerating pulmonary system. The woman described her alleged sexual assault experience with Hollington, stating, “He ran his hands up my leg. He kissed me. He removed my jeans.” She then said that Hollington continued to assault her and then gave her the prescription.
The second woman told reporters that she was dealing with some mental health issues and needed to get back on a prescription. She said she did not have the money at the time but was desperate for help, so she complied with Hollington’s sexual demands. Both victims described seeing a small camera in the corner of the room,

Ormond Beach police are now warning patients of Dr. Hollington to come forward with any information on the accused doctor, who also has a practice at Advanced Practice Nursing Services in Ormond Beach, located at 565 Memorial Circle.

Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship under Florida law.  It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected] for a free consultation.