Deputies Arrest Suspect for Unlicensed Dentistry Practice in Moorpark
12/19/2012 4:55:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Unlicensed Practice of Dentistry in Moorpark Apartment
600 Block of Spring Road, Moorpark, CA
Date & Time:
11/17/2012 to 12/19/2012
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
On 12/19/2012 the Moorpark Investigations Unit, in conjunction with the California Dental Board, completed a one month investigation with the service of a search warrant in the 600 Block of Spring Road. In November of this year, a person reported to Moorpark Patrol that they had received dental services from William Escobar in a residential apartment unit, in Moorpark. The reporting party stated Escobar cleaned his teeth, injected him with an anesthetic in his gums, and evaluated him for the extraction of a tooth. The reporting party did not have enough money to pay for the extraction, so the service was not performed. The reporting party suffered swelling and pain at the injection site. According to the reporting party, Escobar later called and threatened him, stating he owed him (Escobar) money.
When Detectives served the search warrant at Escobar's apartment they discovered an elaborate illegal dental operation, complete with dental chair, tools, anesthetic drugs, false teeth and orthodonture type items. Escobar had converted his bathroom into a dental office. Evidence revealed Escobar had numerous customers, including apparent teenage children who were receiving orthodonture care at the apartment.
Escobar was arrested for several charges including felony practice of dentistry without a license, misdemeanor furnishing of dangerous drugs, and possession of needles.
The investigation is continuing. The Moorpark Police Station is seeking any customers of Escobar to contact the department. Investigators are especially interested in speaking to any children and their parents who received dental or orthodonture care from Escobar.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date:
Detective James McCollum 805 532 2645
Captain Ron Nelson