DA says unclear how long Harrington investigation will last

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Mug shot from Dr. Scott Harrington's 2001 DWI arrest in Dallas County, TX.
Mug shot from Dr. Scott Harrington's 2001 DWI arrest in Dallas County, TX.
Updated: 5/09/2013 11:21 am Published: 5/09/2013 11:20 am

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office says there is no timetable about when the investigation into a Tulsa dentist and oral surgeon could be complete.

In a release sent on Thursday, Harris wrote various law enforcement and state agencies are involved in discussions regarding allegations against a Dr. Scott Harrington.

Harrington is accused of exposing thousands of patients to HIV and Hepatitis B & C through unsanitary practices.

Harris says there is no precise way of estimating how long it will take to perform and complete any investigation.

“We are in contact with a variety of state and federal agencies, including the state dental board but the simple fact is that a substantial investigation will need to be conducted and completed before any decision on potential criminal charges will take place,” District Attorney Tim Harris said.

The state Board of Dentistry filed a 17-count complaint against Harrington.

Harris said the investigation could take a significant amount of time, in part, because of the number of persons that will need to be interviewed. He said both federal and state investigators will be involved.

“Once an investigation is complete, the case will be reviewed for potential criminal charges,” Harris said. “Depending on what the investigation reveals, it is possible charges could be filed by the Tulsa County DA’s Office, or by the state Attorney General or by federal prosecutors. Prosecutors for all agencies will objectively look at the evidence and then make those decisions.”

“The goal is to do a thorough investigation and then make some common sense decisions on potential criminal charges and which agency is in the best position to prosecute any case,” Harris said.

The Tulsa County Health Department has tested more than 3,700 patients, 69 patients have tested positive for hepatitis C and four for hepatitis B. One or two patients have tested positive for HIV. All of the positive cases are being investigated to determine if there is a link to Harrington’s practice.

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