ECU chancellor assures patients, staff in light of doctor's arrest

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - WITN continues to follow the case of a Greenville doctor charged with drug trafficking and under investigation for allegedly drugging a woman and taking secret questionable videos.

Today, the chancellor for East Carolina University talked about the case, as Dr. Clinton Leinweber is a clinical professor at the Brody School of Medicine as well as specialist working from the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center.

The SBI reports the 59-year-old physician is charged with three counts of trafficking opium and heroin, and under investigation for allegedly taking videos of a woman he drugged.

According to the SBI, the search of Leinweber’s office at the cancer center netted five key fob cameras, an ink pen recorder, a button camera, a digital camera, two computers, numerous thumb drives, a laptop, and a drone quad copter.

The SBI report also stated the woman who was videotaped also said she had previously found secret recording devices in a home as well as on nightstands of hotels where she and the doctor had stayed.

The SBI stated the devices were disguised as normal items, such as key fobs and a ball point pen.

WITN today asked ECU chancellor Cecil Staton about the case. Staton answered questions about concerns on campus and the report that the SBI found those cameras at the cancer center.

"Well first of all, those things were, have not been founded," Stanton told WITN. "Our facilities are, we don't believe they were ever used in our facilities so that's good news. Our first and primary concern is our patients. You know, ECUP, our physician practice plans, we have a lot of wonderful physicians who work at East Carolina University and they provide incredible care for people in this city and across this region so we don't ever want to let one individual -- as I said earlier, we have 5800 faculty and staff at this university -- we're not gonna ever let one individual, whatever they may do, really spoil the impact and the mission of this great university. So I think we have to keep that perspective and know that patient care has not been compromised in any way. There's no evidence to suggest that and so we're gonna continue making sure that we put our patients first."

WITN also asked the chancellor moving forward, if they do find anything damning in the office, what should patients know moving forward?

"Well look, we've already reached out to all of our patients, in this particular instance to let them know how we're gonna continue to provide quality care for them so again, at this time, we, we know of no evidence that would suggest that our practice plan actually is involved in the activities that this person is alleged to have participated in," said the chancellor. "Those things were not at our facilities, not on our sites, not with our patients so we feel very good about moving forward."

In a prior news release, ECU reported Dr. Leinweber was suspended with pay, pending the investigation. His pay is $466,900 a year and the doctor remains jailed on a $4.5 million bond.

The SBI has said additional charges are possible, but they are unable to comment on that until the investigation is complete. The SBI also reported during the search of the doctor's home, child pornography was found on computers and his 27-year-old son was arrested on those charges.


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A Greenville physician behind bars on drug trafficking charges is now being investigated he used hydrocodone to drug a woman and take questionable videos of her, according to the SBI.

Court documents also discuss several cameras found in the doctor’s office and home.

As WITN first told you Friday, Dr. Clinton Leinweber was charged on Thursday with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin after a raid on his office at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center as well as his home in the Ironwood neighborhood.

WITN today examined court documents related to the search of Leinweber’s office. We learned more about a victim’s report of being secretly videotaped and drugged.

The SBI reports a confidential informant gave agents a mini SD card with the video that "appeared to show Dr. Leinweber dressing (a woman) in pantyhose and high heeled shoes," according to an affidavit.

The SBI says the woman in the video, who we are not identifying, was unconscious when videotaped without her knowledge.

The woman told the SBI she knew the doctor had secretly videotaped her in the past, and "she had repeatedly asked him to stop the secret filming," the court documents said.

The woman also told the SBI that she had some suspicion she was being drugged because of reports from friends about drunken behavior at social events that she had no memory of.

The affidavit also says the woman had previously found numerous secret recording devices in a home as well as on nightstands of hotels where the two had stayed. The SBI says "These recording devices were disguised as normal items a person might have such as vehicle key fobs and a ball point pen”.

The court document also say the SBI discovered that the woman was prescribed numerous controlled substances. The affidavit states those prescriptions were all filled at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center Pharmacy, and that the woman told agents she had never seen doctors there before, and had no knowledge of the prescriptions.

According to the court documents, five key fob cameras, an ink pen recorder, a button camera, a digital camera, two computers, numerous thumbdrives, a laptop, and a drone quad copter were found in the doctor's offices at the cancer center.

WITN asked the State Bureau of Investigation if additional charges were possible. The SBI told WITN “the investigation is continuing and the results of the investigation will be presented to the District Attorney's office once completed. We’re not at liberty to say anything more.”

Leinweber remains in jail on a $4.5 million bond, while ECU says he is suspended with pay from his $466,900 a year job.

Leinweber's son was also arrested after agents say they found child pornography during a search of the doctor's home. A warrant says videos were found that belonged to Gregory Leinweber, and that the videos were of girls between six and ten years old. The son also is in jail on $150,000 bond.


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A Greenville physician and his son are in jail after the SBI raided their home in an upscale neighborhood.

The SBI says they charged Dr. Clinton Leinweber, 59, with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin, while his son, Gregory, is facing six counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

The father was arrested after the SBI says he wrote fraudulent prescriptions.

The SBI says the physician was arrested after agents Thursday searched his home in the Ironwood neighborhood, as well as the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, where he works.

A Vidant web site says Leinweber specializes in internal medicine and radiation oncology. The hospital says the doctor is an employee of ECU Physicians.

The SBI says during the search of the doctor's home, child pornography was found on computers and his 27-year-old son was arrested.

ECU says as of Friday, Dr. Leinweber has been removed from the work place, pending a full investigation.

Leinweber, who is also a clinical professor at the Brody School of Medicine, has been suspended with pay. ECU says he makes $466,900 a year.

"We are deeply troubled by the allegations which, if proven true, are inconsistent with the values of the university," said Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU.

Horns said the university wants to assure their patients and employees they are cooperating with the SBI.

The doctor's bond was set at $4.5 million, while the son's bond is $150,000.


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A physician at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.

The SBI says they charged Dr. Clinton Leinweber, 59, with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

The arrest Thursday came after agents searched the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center and his home on Fair Oaks Court in the Ironwood neighborhood.

A Vidant web site says Leinweber specializes in internal medicine and radiation oncology. The hospital says the doctor is an employee of ECU Physicians.

A Linkedin profile says he is also a clinical professor at ECU's Brody School of Medicine.

The SBI says the charges came from fraudulent prescriptions that Leinweber prescribed.

The doctor is being held on a $4.5 million bond and the SBI says more charges are expected in the case.