Greenville doctor suspended after drug trafficking arrest

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GREENVILLE — A doctor who was charged Thursday with three counts of trafficking prescription pills has been removed from his workplace at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center pending a full investigation.

Clinton Henry Leinweber Jr., 59, of 3600 Fair Oaks Court, was charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin on Wednesday by the State Bureau of Investigation.

His bond was set at $4.5 million, and on Thursday, he remained in custody at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Leinweber’s son, Gregory James Leinweber, 27, of the same address, was charged with two counts of second-degree sex exploitation of a minor. His bond was set at $150,000.

ECU released a statement about Clinton Leinweber Friday afternoon.

“East Carolina University was notified March 16 by the State Bureau of Investigation that Clinton Leinweber Jr., DO was charged with three felony counts described in Pitt County records as trafficking opium or heroin. In connection with the matter, ECU received questions regarding Leinweber’s prescription practices,” the statement said.

Leinweber has been an employee of ECU since July 1, 2012, and is a radiation oncologist who practices in the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, a joint venture between Vidant Medical Center and the Brody School of Medicine.

ECU is cooperating fully with the SBI and will take additional action if warranted, the statement said.

“ECU and the Brody School of Medicine are taking this matter very seriously. We are deeply troubled by the allegations which, if proven true, are inconsistent with the values of the university,” the statement said. “We are committed to providing our patients an exemplary level of care. We expect all employees to conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity at all times.

“We assure our patients and employees that we are cooperating fully with the SBI,” said Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU.

Clinton Leinweber’s areas of interest, according to his Vidant profile, are gastrointestinal cancer, cancer of the central nervous system, cutaneous malignancies and pediatric cancers.