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South Carolina doc indicted on 14 more counts

11/16/2005 - NFL Carolina Panthers

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A doctor accused in a television report of
writing illegal steroid prescriptions for three former Carolina
Panthers has been indicted on 14 additional charges.

A federal grand jury Wednesday added three counts of
distributing anabolic steroids and 11 counts of distributing human
growth hormone to the 29 other similar counts against Dr. James
Shortt.

Shortt also has been charged with conspiracy, according to the
U.S. Attorney's Office.

A person familiar with the indictments has said Shortt gave the
drugs to members of the Carolina Panthers, bodybuilders and at
least one police officer.

A CBS News report in March identified center Jeff Mitchell,
tackle Todd Steussie and punter Todd Sauerbrun as having filled
steroid prescriptions written by Shortt. Several other former
Panthers also have been named as Shortt's patients in subsequent
media reports.

The 59-year-old Shortt also faces a state investigation in the
death of a woman given intravenous hydrogen peroxide to treat her
multiple sclerosis.

The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners suspended Shortt's
medical license in April. According to the board's suspension
order, Shortt prescribed the steroid testosterone to four unnamed
male patients "in doses and frequencies that were extremely
unlikely to have been prescribed with any legitimate medical
justification."