Ex-Ex-Tanana Valley Clinic doctor sentenced in Fairbanks

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Ex-Tanana Valley Clinic doctor Stephen Grandstaff, who was convicted of trading prescription drugs for sexual favors, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Ralph Beistline sentenced Grandstaff to 34 years, suspending 14. He also sentenced Grandstaff to 10 years probation.

Grandstaff, who was convicted after a three-week trial in May, had faced a theoretical maximum of 875 years in prison.

Grandstaff, 39, was indicted last year on 105 felony counts, the result of charges that he singled out vulnerable Medicaid patients, got them addicted to prescription narcotics and began exchanging the drugs for sexual favors. A jury convicted him of 73 counts, including 32 counts of second-degree and 36 counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, three counts of second-degree theft and one count each of first- and second-degree sexual assault.

The charges related to four women, three of whom testified both at the trial and at a sentencing hearing Tuesday. The fourth died of an unrelated drug overdose in 1999, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Also Tuesday, prosecutor Steven Branchflower brought in two more ex-Grandstaff patients, not involved in the original trial, who claimed the doctor had crossed professional boundaries with them while they were under his care.

Several of the women who testified Tuesday said that Grandstaff's actions had shaken their faith in the medical profession and said the crimes had had disastrous effects on their mental states.

''Every day I cry, sometimes all day,'' said one victim. ''I have a scared, fearful feeling inside me that makes it almost impossible to enjoy life.''

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