By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A former Milton medical examiner who worked on countless high-profile cases will learn his sentence after pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiring to prescribe opioids in exchange for sex.

Dr. Joseph Burton of Milton pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to illegally distribute drugs. He’s set to be sentenced Wednesday.

The 73-year-old forensic pathologist is a former county medical examiner who handled cases from seven Atlanta area counties.

Burton and seven others were indicted on conspiracy charges in February. Prosecutors say Burton prescribed about 110,000 doses of opioid painkillers in exchange for sexual favors.

Burton’s lawyer wrote in a court filing that Burton suffers from a mild vascular neurocognitive disorder after a massive stroke in 2010 that impaired his ability to control his behavior.

 

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