Ringgold Dentist Charged with 41 Counts

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Updated: 2/12/2013 7:19 pm

A Ringgold Dentist is among the inmates in Catoosa County Jail after he was arrested Tuesday morning.

According to the police report, Dr. Criston Carter Clark is charged with 41 felony counts of obtaining or attempting to obtain a scheduled drug by fraud.

Patient Joyce Davis Says she's 'flabbergasted'.

"And shocked, totally shocked, at these accusations and hope that he's completely cleared of them," Davis says.

44 year old Clark was arrested after a month-long investigation by the Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force and the Catoosa County Sheriff's office.

Davis called herself an admirer of Dr. Clark, whom she described as 'lovable'.

"In all my years of being hear I never imagined him being accused of anything like this," Davis says.

Ringgold Resident Joshua Sanders Works down the street from Clark's Nashville Street office and says he's shocked anyone could acquire so many charges.

"I'm surprised that he wasn't caught sooner, definitely," Sanders says.

Sanders says he'll think twice about what might be going on with his doctor or dentist behind closed doors.

But Davis says she still supports Clark.

"He's everybody's friend, he's a perfectionist, and I hope he's totally cleared of these accusations," Davis says.

A sign on his office reads 'closed for Continuing Education', but for now, Clark awaits his first appearance in the Magistrate Court.

In Ringgold, Brittany Shaw, WDEF News 12.

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