Second custodian appointed for ex-doctor accused of sex-drug trades

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former doctor charged with trading sex for drugs got a second third-party custodian Thursday.

The new custodian was added because of concerns about Steve Grandstaff staying in the home with his two stepdaughters. Superior Court Judge Ralph Beistline named Grandstaff's wife as the initial custodian earlier this month.

The judge decided this week that Grandstaff can stay at his Fairbanks home as long as his teen-age stepdaughters aren't there. Otherwise, he can stay with a co-worker approved as second custodian.

''I don't want to create an environment where someone could be concerned,'' Beistline said. ''The less that this man has to do with their stepdaughters, the better off they are.''

Grandstaff's wife, Kathleen, and the girls' biological father are involved in a custody battle.

Beistline warned Stacey Byrd, who works with Grandstaff at Fairbanks Nissan, that it's his responsibility to notify the police if the ex-doctor violates conditions of his bail, or he could face jail time himself.

Grandstaff will live with Byrd in a one-bedroom apartment and will keep the same working hours as Byrd.

Beistline said Grandstaff could visit his own home as long as his two stepdaughters were not present.

He's also barred from drinking alcohol, prescribing drugs, or leaving the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Grandstaff is accused of a prescribing narcotics in exchange for sexual favors, some performed during business hours while he was a family practitioner at Tanana Valley Clinic from Oct. 31, 1996, to May 26, 1998. He's also charged with sexually assaulting a patient and defrauding Medicaid of more than $6,000.

Grandstaff voluntarily surrendered his license to the state medical board in June of 1999, about a year after the investigation began.

His trial is set for March.



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