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Unlawful possession of controlled substance, third-degree theft

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Dr. Leland 'Bud' BeamerDespite the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners' decision not to take action against Dr. Leland "Bud" Beamer, of Madras, for a lapse in judgment, he will face misdemeanor charges in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

District Attorney Steve Leriche has filed charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and third-degree theft against Beamer, who was working as an emergency room doctor at the former Mountain View Hospital in August 2012, when he took a vial of ketamine home in case his seriously ill dog needed pain relief over the weekend.

Beamer did not use the medication and returned it Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, but was immediately placed on administrative leave for taking a controlled substance.

The hospital later dismissed Beamer, but did not suspend his medical privileges, as it awaited the decision of the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners, which was handed down in July.

Six months later, Beamer, who has worked as a medical doctor for over 40 years, was hired by the Oregon Department of Corrections as the clinic physician at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution.

Leriche said that he made the decision to file charges. "In all cases, the district attorney's office makes the charging decision and files charges."

Whether or not the hospital wanted to press charges, he explained, "In the state of Oregon, there's really no such thing as pressing charges. For crimes, the only entity that can file charges is the DA's office. In the case of a felony, the DA files charges, but only the charges the grand jury indict upon."

He declined to discuss specifics of "pending criminal actions."

Beamer, who is represented by attorney Dave Glenn, will be arraigned on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m., in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

In response to the filing of charges, Beamer commented, "I was very disappointed to be notified that charges were filed."

"I thought that the ordeal was behind us," he said. "It has been very hard on Beth Ann and she had been very relieved to be moving forward. I hope that they will reconsider."

"Both the actions of the hospital CEO and now the DA are rather arbitrary and as I have said before I cannot understand the excessiveness of their charges and actions," said Beamer.

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