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Raleigh doctor pleads guilty in federal prostitution case

Posted June 9, 2008

— A Raleigh doctor pleaded guilty Monday to illegal sexually activity, according U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert.

Before U.S. Magistrate Carl Horn in the Western District, Kenneth S. Friedman, 55, pleaded guilty to knowingly persuading, inducing and enticing an individual to travel in interstate commerce from the Western District of North Carolina to Las Vegas to engage in prostitution.

Friedman faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail or a $250,000 fine, or both.

He was released on a $25,000 bond Monday. His sentencing date has no been set.

Friedman is one of several people accused of being clients of a Charlotte-based prostitution ring. Investigators said the accused ring-leaders, Sallie and Donald Saxon, had wealthy clients in Charlotte and Raleigh.

Legal documents show some clients paid as much as $4,000.


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  • Seen Too Much Jun 11, 2008

    Dr. Friedman is one of the most caring doctors I know, who sincerely cares about his community and his patients. I see no "victims" to this "moral crime" based on an arcane law from a hundred hears ago. The Doc is single -- no wife or children were wronged (unlike Spitzer who has a wife a kids). What ever he did here is his private business, and has no effect on the benefits he delivers to our local community in Johnston County as a great doctor in a community that loves him. Again, no one was wronged -- everyone was a consenting adult and everyone except the Doc made money. How about better using these prosecution resources to hunt down real criminals? Maybe Osama Bin Ladin, perhaps? The only crime against society I see here is the prosecution itself.

  • PikeMom4real Jun 10, 2008

    Why does the "instinct" take over common sense? Because some have never evolved from the animalistic culture.

  • Tripwire Jun 10, 2008

    He just wanted a little fun sex with no strings attached and now look what he'a going through. Legalize and regulate Prostitution.

  • rrejhh Jun 10, 2008

    As justwondering2 said...Dr. Friedman is not married. He also has little ties to his family from what I know about him...

  • beachboater Jun 10, 2008

    Prostitution is illegal. Seems to me that the prostitute should be the one in trouble. $250,000 and / or five years in jail for HIM?????

    That's crazy. I thought they just put a customer's picture int he paper to discourage it. This is rediculous.

    The police are supposed to enforce the law, not make them. They did their job.

  • justwondering2 Jun 10, 2008

    Maybe he should have gotten a little action....at home. If he can't, or won't, maybe he should figure out why.

    He is not married.

  • Tax Man Jun 10, 2008

    Outside the Beltline - I fully agree with you. We need to legalize these "sins", regulate and tax them - imagine the sales taxes we could collect for hookers charging $4,000 a pop? That is a one-time tax of $310! This also takes the money out of the activity and thus organized crime and gangs no longer have any financial stake in them. Legalize drugs, Legalize prostitution - regulate and tax them. Use some of the taxes collected for medical treatment/rehab.

  • rogerkneebend Jun 10, 2008

    Some people just have no self control.

  • SubwayScoundrel Jun 10, 2008

    Victimless crime. 2 conscenting adults with some money involved. Next arrest the 30 year old guy who bought his date an expensive dinner at Angus Barn. (or the couple we saw outside of The Second Empire one night. She was paying him back.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jun 10, 2008

    This man is an excellent doctor and has always been nothing but professional. He treated me for migraines, and I instantly got one when I heard his name on television. It is a shame. It goes back to biblical days, men will continue to loose everything they have for what? And these women care less!