Wichita doctor pleads not guilty in prescription drug case

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A Wichita doctor who was arrested this week has pleaded not guilty to diverting prescription drugs to the streets, resulting in the overdose death of one of his patients.

The U.S. Atttorney's Office alleges that Dr. Steven R. Henson, 54, wrote prescriptions in return for cash, wrote prescriptions without medical need and legitimate exams, as well as post-dating prescriptions and writing them for people who did not come to see him.

Henson on Friday pleaded not guilty in federal court and was released on a $50,000 bond.

Henson, who operated Kansas Men's Clinic at 3636 North Ridge Road, is charged with the following:

- Conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice - Unlawfully distributing oxycodone - Unlawfully distributing oxycodone, methadone and alprazolam - Unlawfully distributing methadone and alprazolam, resulting in the death of a victim on July 24, 2015, identified in court records as N.M. - Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking - Presenting false patient records to investigators - Obstruction of justice - Money laundering

Eight people who allegedly got prescriptions from the doctor also are charged with unlawfully distributing prescription drugs:

- Kimi Harper, 50, Kansas City, Mo. - Amanda Terwilleger, 33, Topeka, Kan. - Jeremy Wojack, 35, Topeka, Kan. - Jordan Allison, 27, Shawnee, Kan. - Grant Lubbers, 29, Whitewater, Kan. - Joel Torres, Jr. 28, Newton, Kan. - David Montano, 32 - Keith Attebery, 20, Newton, Kan.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad, the Newton Police Department, the Wichita Police Department and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division investigated.