Doctor pleads guilty to reduced charge in abortion pill case

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Posted: Mar 11, 2015 10:40 AM

ROSENDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York hospital anesthesiologist charged with choking an acquaintance and forcing her to swallow a pill that could cause an abortion has pleaded guilty to harassment.

The Daily Freeman of Kingston reports ( ) that prosecutors in Ulster County reduced the charges against 44-year-old Dr. Thomas Pfeiffer of Red Hook in return for his guilty plea Tuesday. He initially had been charged with strangulation, assault and abortion in the second degree, or committing an "abortional act."

He was arrested on Dec. 3 after sheriff's deputies said he had choked the woman and forced her to swallow a pill that could cause an abortion after she told him a home pregnancy test had come out positive.

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Pfeiffer was sentenced to complete a 33-week group counseling program for men who have committed domestic violence.


Information from: Daily Freeman,