Former inmate: convicted felon practices medicine at Crawford County Jail

Submitted Fri, 08/03/2012 - 7:27am by Andy Alm

A former Crawford County Jail inmate appeared before the Board of County Commissioners at their Thursday televised meeting to voice objections about Dr. Richard Moran, the jail's physician who continues to practice medicine in spite of his conviction on a charge of felony tax evasion.

56-year-old Meadville resident Arnold Johnson III says he suffered a critical shoulder injury during a struggle with police before being arrested on a charge related to a child custody battle.  Johnson says during the 22 days he spent in jail in 2009, he never even had the chance to see Dr. Moran:

"I never dealt with the doctor.  I was injured severely, my shoulder was torn out of joint, and I was critical when I was assaulted by the police."

Johnson says he was unable to get cancer treatment during the time he was in jail.

Moran, a 54-year-old resident of Linesville, pleaded guilty in federal court in June to filing a false tax return.  A Grand Jury indictment charges that Moran underreported his income by a total of about 400-thousand dollars between 2006 and 2009.  He faces a maximum of three years in prison for the crime, and is due at sentencing October 29th.  Despite his conviction, Moran continues to be licensed to practice medicine.