A longtime KSB Hospital physician charged in August in a sex trafficking investigation was sentenced March 4 to two years of conditional discharge for soliciting a sex act, a misdemeanor.
As part of his plea agreement, two felony counts of patronizing a prostitute, two felony counts of entering a place of prostitution with intent, and another misdemeanor count of solicitation of a sexual act were dismissed.
Mark K. Myers, 53, of Oregon, a family practice physician with KSB for more than 20 years, was charged Aug. 20 in two cases. Charges of entering a place of prostitution were added in each case in an indictment 8 days later.
He also was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 1 day credit for time served; that sentence was stayed.
Conditional discharge means the judge has set certain conditions of his release; if Myers violates the terms, he could be sent to jail for up to a year. The 180-day jail sentence will be dropped if he successfully serves his conditional discharge.
As is common in such cases, Myers was ordered to be tested for STDs; if those tests are positive, the victim will be notified. The results of the test will not be public.
Because the conviction is for a misdemeanor, his medical license is not in jeopardy.
Myers, who practices in Oregon as part of the KSB Medical Group, has been on a leave of absence since being charged in Winnebago County Court on Aug. 20.
He will return March 23, hospital spokesman Kevin Marx said in a statement last week.
Myers has undergone counseling, and will return “after many discussions at the administrative and board level, and with the community, along with the resolution of the judicial matter,” Marx wrote.
Myers has been a clinical leader on KSB’s staff for 25 years, and neither his license nor clinical privileges at the hospital were impacted by the charges, Marx said.
“We are dedicated to the safety of our patients and the quality of care that we provide, and believe that neither has been, or will be compromised in any way. We understand that this situation may be uncomfortable for some, and we will actively work with those patients to help them seek a new primary care physician, should they so choose.”
Myers was among 28 people charged in Winnebago County Court in the investigation, which centered on two Rockford lingerie shops.
A former CEO, a bank president, an elected official, a youth soccer coach, another doctor and other prominent Rockford-area business leaders were among those charged after a monthslong investigation into what police say was a sex trafficking operation at Chantilly Lace, 106 Seventh St., and Exclusive Lingerie Boutique, 77 Seventh St.
The two shops were raided May 23 and shut down for code violations. Also charged was Peggy Smith, 57, of Winnebago, owner of Chantilly Lace; she faces 12 counts of promoting a place of prostitution.