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Greensboro doctor accused of soliciting teen for sex in Fayetteville

Posted January 31, 2012

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— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives arrested a Greensboro doctor Tuesday in a grocery store parking lot in Fayetteville, where he planned to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, according to authorities.

Vijaya-Prakash Boggala, 31, of 42 Ackland Drive, is charged with soliciting a child by computer to commit unlawful sex acts. He is an internist at Moses Cone Hospital, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators say Boggala had been talking with a person on the Internet, whom he believed was a 14-year-old girl. Instead, the person was an undercover officer with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.

Boggala, who was wearing his hospital scrubs, drove his 1995 Toyota Camry from Greensboro to the parking lot off Cedar Creek Road in Fayetteville "to allegedly engage in sexual relations with the girl," according to the sheriff's office. 

Deputies took him to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he was held under a $75,000 secured bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the detention center courtroom.

Cone Health released a statement Tuesday, confirming that the doctor is a third-year medical resident and that he has been placed on administrative leave.

"Boggala sees adults in the Internal Medicine residency program," according to the statement. "Cone Health is unable to comment further on pending legal action."

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  • carroln Feb 2, 2012

    who cares where he is from ...just convict him if guilty and death penalty would be great!!

  • dixiechic Feb 2, 2012

    Was a Doctor.

  • anneonymousone Feb 2, 2012

    True enough, Viewer, true enough. No one else cited anything but his or her own assumptions.

    There's still a possibility that he was born here and went to school there, but that is less likely than his being from India.

  • Viewer Feb 2, 2012

    His hospital lists him as a graduate of a medical school in India (not Indiana). The internet answers many unanswered questions.

  • anneonymousone Feb 2, 2012

    Well said, PhotoJ! For all we know, this man is in the fifth generation of his family to be born in the U.S., and yet many people are ready to jump to other conclusions.

  • not my real name Feb 2, 2012

    Why cant he just date women (or men) of his own age? What's the matter with people? How many times has he done this and not got caught? Scary to think he's a DOCTOR that took an oath to "do no harm".

  • carroln Feb 1, 2012

    who cares if it is entrapement you catch a crook by using their techniques..be like a crook to catch a crook...thats pretty easy for cumberland county since half of them are crooked anyway and they dont have much for a sherriff

  • intuit Feb 1, 2012

    This is not entrapment. He willingly communicated illegal solicitation via computer to someone he thought was a 14 year old. The mere communication is illegal regardless of who it was being communicated to. Does it not make you wonder how many times he was actually successful before being caught?

  • carrboroyouth Feb 1, 2012

    I don't see how this is entrapment. His motives were clear online. Watch to "catch a predator." The men always show up with what they promised online - condoms, liquor, weed. What makes you think they were making up the rest of the conversation?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 1, 2012

    See parents if the police officers can catch reputable people like this doctor who met this "fake" 14 year old on the computer and then sought out to meet her. What and who do you think your sons or daughter is communicating with on the computer? You need to do some serious checking and find out whether they like it or not. You be surprised what is going on right under your nose.

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