FDA Official Charged in North Laurel Soliciting Prostitution Sting

Dr. William Howard Maisel is facing charges in a soliciting prostitution sting, days after his FDA center was revealed to have been spying on employees.

A high-ranking official in the Food and Drug Administration was among 10 men arrested July 13 in a soliciting prostitution sting in North Laurel, reports FDAWeb.com.

Dr. William Maisel, deputy director for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, is facing four charges of soliciting prostitution after Howard County police conducted an

Howard County police said Maisel approached a plain-clothed female police officer and offered money for sex.

Maisel, who is scheduled to appear in Howard County District Court on Sept. 20, is the deputy director and chief scientist of the CDRH, which has come under scrutiny for allegedly spying on employees and firing whistleblowers, according to the New York Times.

The alleged surveillance also led to a list of "targets" who had a history of criticizing the FDA, and the list ranged from reporters to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and President Obama, reports the Times.

FDA officials defended the surveillance as being limited to five scientists, in order to determine whether confidential documents about medical device safety were being leaked, according to the Times.

Patch visited the Kensington residence listed for Maisel in court documents, but the only occupant of the house denied any connection to Maisel and refused to comment on the solicitation charges.

Erica Jefferson, spokesperson for the FDA, said she could not comment on the solicitation charges against Maisel.

MG42 August 01, 2012 at 03:31 PM
michelle August 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
With the salary Maisel is making (one of the joys of public records, federal employees salaries can be found here: http://php.app.com/fed_employees10/search.php), I'm sure he has a great lawyer lined up and will be let off with a slap on the wrist.
Mary August 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM
How many undercover stings will it take to realize that N. Laurel IS a prostitution ring!? We all know the motels where they are arrested. It isn't rocket surgery, folks.
Mary August 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
ROFL right along with you!
Eric S. August 01, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Better yet, how about we legalize it, regulate it, tax it, and move the hell on to more important things.
MG42 August 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Tony "Wingman" Walker August 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Excellent Point michelle! I will be willing to bet you are 99.9996 accurate~
Kristin August 06, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Even when it is regulated, legalizing prostitution tends to lead to more (illegal) human trafficking including the trafficking of minors. This has been shown in places like Amsterdam.
MG42 August 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Kay B. Vermette August 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I agree with you, Eric S. one hundred per cent. Maryland needs more tax money and what a great way to get tax money by legalizing prostition and taxing it.
John September 26, 2012 at 04:43 PM
There's no such thing as a slap on the wrist when you're arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Your life is over - definitely your reputation. Your wife knows, your kids know, your family and in-laws know and you might be fired. It's a matter of public record for all future employers and it'll likely pop up on page 1 of a search. Life, as he knows it, is now over.


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