California Guard medic sentenced for abuse of Valium-like drug
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Spc. Ryan Patrick Moore was sentenced Tuesday to nine months confinement and a bad-conduct discharge and reduced to the rank of private for using and providing soldiers at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, with the generic equivalent of Valium.
The 23-year-old California Army National Guard medic pleaded guilty to charges of failure to obey an order or regulation and wrongful use and possession of a controlled substance.
On two occasions late last year, Moore traveled to local pharmacies in Kosovo and purchased a total of 260 pills and 23 vials of diazepam, which is the generic name for Valium, according to testimony. Subsequently, Moore distributed some of the diazepam to three other soldiers, who had complained of stress, and used the drug himself.
Diazepam is prescribed for the short-term relief of symptoms associated with anxiety disorders.
Pregnancy test kits also were bought for two female soldiers at the pharmacies, according to testimony.
Moore also pleaded guilty to an assault charge for performing a pelvic examination on a female soldier who, the soldier testified, assumed at the time that Moore was authorized to perform such procedures.
The female soldier worried that she became pregnant or contracted a sexually transmitted disease while visiting another country. She came to Moore, her company’s medic, and asked him if there was any way she could be examined confidentially without alerting other troops at Camp Bondsteel. Moore talked to a nurse at Camp Bondsteel and was told that others would find out if the female soldier was tested, according to testimony.
Moore performed the procedure even though he knew he was not authorized to do so.
“She wanted to keep it confidential so I told her we could do it this way,” Moore said.
The female soldier testified via phone Tuesday that she felt violated but that the exam did not seem unprofessional.
The defense counsel characterized Moore’s actions as a case of “misguided loyalty.”
“I’ve always been the type to do whatever I could to help anybody, any soldier,” Moore said.
Prosecutors said Moore betrayed the trust his fellow soldiers placed in him when he knowingly performed the pelvic exam and distributed the diazepam. The female soldier testified that she felt “really drowsy, really sleepy and tired” after taking the pills Moore gave her.
“It was worse than going to a drug dealer,” said Capt. Jose Cora, lead counsel for the prosecution. “These people didn’t even know they were taking illegal drugs. They trusted him.”