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Authorities: Doc Traded Narcotics For Gifts

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut doctor was known to drug addicts as “the candy man” because he so readily wrote out prescriptions for controlled painkillers, according to court documents.

Dr. Scott Houghton was arraigned Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court in Middletown on 47 felony charges. Houghton remains free on $250,000 bond posted after his April 12 arrest. His case was transferred to a higher-level court and continued to May 24.

Houghton lives in Madison and practices in Old Saybrook.

The warrant for his arrest says Houghton accepted cash, free concert tickets and even hotel stays at casinos in exchange for drugs, often without examinations.

He was arrested following a two-year investigation by the state Department of Consumer Protection Drug Control Division.

His lawyer says he intends to plead not guilty.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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