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East TN pain clinic owner faces sentencing in opioids scheme

Dr. David Newman pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal operation of a drug clinic.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The medical director of a Knoxville pain clinic has admitted using it for illegal drug purposes.

Dr. David Newman, 61, of Maryville faces sentencing Feb. 9 in U.S. District Court in Knoxville on his plea to unlawfully maintaining a drug premises. 

Newman submitted to an information count, brought forward without a grand jury review, and a prior indictment is supposed to be dismissed at sentencing, documents show.

Newman was majority owner of Tennessee Valley Pain Specialists on Gov. John Sevier Highway. Dr. Steven Mynatt was part owner, according to court records.

All patients at the clinic paid in cash.

Mynatt prescribed "large doses" of pain medication to patients, even when they appeared to be addicts, records state. Newman reviewed the prescriptions and knew Mynatt was handing out opioid prescriptions without "legitimate" purpose, records state.

Mynatt and Newman first were charged in 2019.

Mynatt has pleaded guilty to distribution of controlled substances. He, too, is to be sentenced in federal court Feb. 9 in Knoxville.