A Tiffin doctor accused of prescribing medication without proper licensing appeared in court Friday where he pleaded not guilty to 30 drug-related charges.
Samuel J. Christian, 55, appeared in visiting Judge David Faulkner's courtroom for arraignment on 24 counts of aggravated trafficking on drugs, five counts of trafficking in drugs and one count of methadone treatment license violation.
Faulkner is presiding over the case after Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley withdrew because of a conflict of interest.
According to Christian's indictment, Christian allegedly operated a drug addiction program that prescribed methadone to patients without being licensed. The allegations occurred from December of 2009 until May of last year and involved the controlled substances methadone, Xanax, Methylin and alprazolam.
Christian's office, Christian Clinic, is located at 478 W. Market St.
Dean Henry, Christian's attorney, declined to comment Friday following the arraignment.
Christian's personal recognizance bond was modified Friday to allow him to attend church and appointments with Henry.