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TOLEDO, Ohio — A former Toledo-area doctor has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, and investigators believe he might have assaulted women in Cleveland and other cities.

Manish Raj Gupta, 50, of Sylvania and a former plastic surgeon, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and illegally dispensing a controlled substance.

“Manish Gupta has now accepted responsibility for preying on, drugging and sexually victimizing women,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith said in a news release. “He misused his position of trust for his own sexual gratification. He will now be held accountable for his reprehensible criminal behavior.”

According to federal prosecutors, Gupta used an “incapacitating controlled substance” on his victim and then raped her. He also threatened and coerced the woman in order to force her to engage in sexual acts, prosecutors say. The assaults occurred between Aug. 9, 2016, through Sept. 24, 2016. Gupta also recorded his assaults on the victim, prosecutors say.

“This plea is just one step in a long recovery process for the victim, whose courage and bravery should be commended,” acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan said in the news release.

Prosecutors say that between 2013 and 2019, Gupta traveled to medical conferences in several cities, including Cleveland in April 2013. He also was in Chicago, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit.

Gupta often would stay at centrally located hotels and hire escorts, prosecutors say. He is accused of drugging his victims and performing sexual acts of violence without their consent.

Women who believe they were sexually victimized by Gupta should contact the FBI at 1-877-FBI-OHIO. Gupta is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 25.

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