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6:11 am
Thu December 16, 2010

RI's medical examiner has ethics violations, misdemeanors in past

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's acting chief medical examiner has a criminal record. According to a newspaper report Thursday, Dr. William Cox pleaded guilty more than a decade ago to personally profiting from autopsies.

The details about Cox's background came to light when he applied for a job as Oklahoma's medical examiner. The Oklahoman newspaper says he pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanors while he was a coroner in Ohio.

Spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says the Rhode Island Department of Health knew about some of Cox's past record. "What we were aware of was he had had some ethics violations and he'd paid restitutions in relation to those violations," she says.

Beardsworth says the Health Department is investigating Cox's misdemeanors and his 30 day sentence at a half way house. She says the agency is very concerned.

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Read the Oklahoman article here

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