We all know Craigslist can be great for finding an apartment, retrieving your stolen property and getting a law degree from Georgetown. And apparently, the site’s reputation is so solid that there are adult men in Michigan who thought it would be perfectly okay to arrange a circumcision through the online bazaar.
Authorities in Kent County, MI, have arrested a 56-year-old man and charged him with unauthorized practice as a health professional after he allegedly lied about being a doctor and performed at least three circumcisions in the bedroom of his home.
“He had a mini operating room type atmosphere set up at his house and he wore a laboratory coat, and he was even able to administer a local anesthetic before the procedure,” said Lt. Kevin Kelley. When questioned by police, the suspect claimed that he had formerly been a doctor in the military.
“He was a retired EMT or something,” one neighbor told reporters.
The suspect, who is also charged with performing body piercings and massages without a license, met the men through Craigslist and through gay social networking sites.
“Our concern is that there might be people out there that had a medical procedure done… and not realizing in fact that he is not a doctor,” said Lt. Kelley. Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at (616) 632-6100.
Neighbors say they were completely unaware of anything illicit going on at the suspect’s home.
Recalled one neighbor, “We had Thanksgiving dinner with him about four years ago and everything was okay over there but obviously not.”