John Wolf, 59, is well-known in the area just not as a dentist but as an HIV and AIDS activist

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November 21, 2015 03:40 PM

A popular New York City dentist was arrested at his home Friday and is accused of meth trafficking and the distribution of child pornography – a “bizarre duality” echoed in additional allegations that the dentist had spoken about his role in underground sex parties, drug-aided sexual assaults and sex with animals, The New York Times reports.

The United States Attorney’s Office’s Eastern District of New York confirmed the federal case against Dr. John Wolf, and his arrest, in a statement Friday.

Wolf’s dental office was also raided, according to ABC 7.

Officials confiscated computers and reviewed surveillance footage in the office, according to the station.

Anyone with information in the case, or who believes they or someone they know may be a victim, is encouraged to call the FBI at 212-384-5000.

Wolf, 59, is well-known in the area not only as a dentist but as an HIV and AIDS activist, according to the Times, having won a suit in the ’80s allowing him to treat HIV-positive patients.

The complaint against Wolf accuses him of providing his dental services in exchange for methamphetamine, some of which he would allegedly use and some of which he would allegedly distribute.

Wolf is also accused in the complaint of using his office to both view and distribute child pornography, as he allegedly did in a recorded encounter with an undercover FBI agent.

In that encounter Wolf allegedly gave the agent a flash drive containing “videos of children as young as toddlers being raped by adult men,” according to the statement.

The complaint against Wolf also alleges that he is HIV-positive and that he told an informant that he had punctured condoms “in an intentional attempt to spread the HIV to his sexual partners,” according to the Times.

When reached by phone by the Times, Wolf’s brother Robert said he was “absolutely floored” by the allegations and did not know of any drug or addiction issues his brother may have had.

Following his initial court appearance Friday, Wolf’s attorney, Marc Agnifilo, said, Wolf “was woken up at 5 o’clock in the morning, and woke up into a day where his life is going to be completely different,” according to the Times.

“These are charges that are very hard to weather, and I think he’s understandably shaken,” Agnifilo said.

Wolf will next appear in court on Tuesday, for a bail hearing, according to the Times.

“Drug investigations have taken us down dark roads before, but nothing darker than the office practices of Dr. Wolf,” James J. Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York division, said in a statement to the Times.

Several of the allegations against Wolf are sourced to a drug dealer arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in March, who then told officials he had traded meth for dental work, according to the Times, citing a complaint filed by the FBI.

Wolf had also allegedly told the dealer “that he was actively involved in underground sex parties at various locations in New York City, including in Brooklyn, where participants would engage in sexual intercourse with animals,” according to the complaint cited by the Times.

The dealer then allegedly recorded conversations between him and Wolf in October and November, in which Wolf discussed, according to the Times, having sex with animals; using and distributing drugs; poking holes in condoms during sex; and, in one instance, sexually assault a man after drugging him with a “slam of K.”

(The dealer is cooperating with the government in hopes of leniency in the face of his own conspiracy to distribute charge, according to the Times.)

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The dealer then reportedly arranged for Wolf to meet with the undercover agent, the dealer’s “roommate,” according to the Times. At a meeting of the three last week, Wolf allegedly said he used his office basement for sex parties.

He also showed about 35 minutes of child porn to the agent, the complaint alleges, according to the Times.

On Thursday, they met again, according to the Times – where Wolf allegedly said he had drugged both “willing and unwilling adults” during these parties, and that it would be “hot” if he and the undercover agent assaulted children together.

Contacted Friday, an employee at Wolf’s practice said two dentists there were still seeing patients, according to the Times.

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