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Feds file gun charges against 'Dr. Rick'

Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-25 14:23:04-05

UPDATE: Federal prosecutors have filed gun charges against Rick Van Thiel.

Guns and ammunition were found in his home during the search in late September. Van Thiel is a convicted felon for attempted robbery and attempted battery and is prohibited from having firearms in his possession.

According to court documents, Van Thiel received one of the guns as payment for performing a circumcision on a man.


The man accused of operating on patients without a medical license was in court Monday.

The judge dropped the two gun charges Rick Van Thiel is facing.

Meanwhile, Van Thiel's attorney said his health is a cause for concern and is asking a doctor to tend to his rare skin condition. The last time Van Thiel was in court, he said he wouldn't live until December.