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Former Porn Actor / Producer Claims to Cure STDs Arrested

Sun, 10/18/2015 - 4:32am -- Jennlynn
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A man authorities say faked being a doctor and offered fixes for incurable STDs out of an east valley home also was a porn actor selling sex toys and escort and massage services, according to court papers.
 
Rick Van Thiel, 52, now faces one count each of acting as a medical practitioner without a license, possession of a gun by a prohibited person, possession of drugs and issuing drugs without a prescription.
 
The Southern Nevada Health District, the Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI are now investigating his practice, which the agencies say was based in a residential area.
 
Neighbors suspected "illegal business activity" on the property, which prompted the division to investigate.
 
Craigslist advertisements for Van Thiel's medical services were posted in Nevada, Arizona and Utah, according to the arrest record. That brought FBI attention.
 
On Sept. 30, FBI agents and Las Vegas police stormed the property. The practice was shut down that day, while the FBI served the search warrant. Van Thiel was arrested Friday.
 
But on sites pushing pornographic movies, sex toys, escorting and massages — for $100 an hour — he was known as "Rick Spindoll."
 
Van Thiel said Wednesday in an interview at Clark County Detention Center that he was in the porn production business before he was sentenced to four years in prison on a battery charge from 2007. He said he decided to go into the medical field after his release, because someone stole all of the footage and equipment from his porn business.
 
Another website set up by Van Thiel,offers treatment for people who were "involved in something kinky and got something stuck" as well as minor surgeries said to include cyst removal, circumcision and castration.
 
"Prior to becoming a professional doctor, I was a sex machine inventor, swinger, BDSM master, porn actor and producer for 14 years, so I've seen it all," the site, which contains numerous graphic images, reads.
 
Van Thiel does not have a medical or business license.
 
A Las Vegas phone number listed on those websites was the same one to call for abortions and cures for sexually transmitted diseases at "unbeatable prices," payable only in gold or silver.
 
We can only pray that the people that this man treated did not have futher medical problems. People exiting the porn industry often find themselves unable to find work or the ability to ever make the wage they want, losing the attention and lifestyle can lead to them choosing work that isn't safe nor legal. That's Pink Cross is dovoted to helping people in transition. 
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