Central Texas doctor arrested on drug possession charge

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Dr. David Anthony Miranda, 47, of Westlake Hills, who worked as a contractor in the Metroplex Hospital emergency room in Killeen, was in the Bell County Jail Wednesday evening after his arrest on a warrant charging possession of a controlled substance.

Dr. David Anthony Miranda. (U.S. Marshal's Service photo)

Bond was set at $25,000, according to online jail records.

The offense is a state jail felony.

A Metroplex spokesperson said Miranda was immediately removed from duty and "will no longer provide servies at any TeamHealth client site."

The U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Miranda Wednesday following an investigation that started after a woman made a statement to Austin police about a sexual assault on March 25 in which Miranda and a second man were identified as suspects, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

“The victim did not recall being filmed or photographed,” the affidavit said, but “on April 12, the victim asked Miranda if video or photographs were taken.”

“Miranda hesitated and stated he did not take a photo of the victim’s bottom, but that the second suspect…actually took the photo on his cell phone and then sent it to Miranda as a text,” the affidavit said.

On June 5, an Austin investigator obtained a search warrant for Miranda’s home and vehicle “based on information received that photos and/or videos may have been taken of the victim without her permission,” the affidavit says.

When the warrant was executed two days later, investigators found photos of nude women and two small plastic Baggies containing a white powdery substance in a dresser drawer and recovered a small glass vial from a box near the entrance to Miranda’s home office labeled “morphine,” the affidavit says.

Subsequent tests showed that the substance in the Baggies and in the vial was cocaine, the affidavit says.

Miranda is a 1998 graduate of the Cornell University Medical College in New York, according to online Texas Medical Board records, which show no actions or license restrictions against the physician, whose primary practice area is emergency medicine.

The medical board says Miranda has hospital privileges at Metroplex and worked as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, although he’s not currently listed as a faculty member.