Marshall County physician charged with soliciting prostitution pleads guilty

Northeast Alabama

Ervin Wells (Photo: Marshall County Jail)

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – A physician in Marshall County charged with soliciting prostitution has pleaded guilty.

The Marshall County District Attorney’s Office says Ervin Wells was sentenced to the maximum of a 12 month sentence and 24 months probation. The conditions of probation include no contact with the victim or victim’s family in any form and surrender of his medical license. Wells also cannot reapply for a medical license during the probationary period.

The District Attorney’s Office says the plea was with agreement of the arresting agency and the victim.

Albertville Police officers arrested Wells at a local hotel for solicitation of prostitution in August.

Police say Wells was doctor at a local medical clinic.

Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says one of the doctor’s patients reported that he offered her money and medication in exchange for sexual acts. “He was actually asking her if she would have sex, he would give her money or medicine, whichever one she preferred,” Pollard said.

The arrest was the result of a five-day investigation, involving investigators with the Albertville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshall County District Attorney’s Office and the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. “The investigation started when the victim came to the police department reporting what had happened,” Pollard said.

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