Columbia dentist Dr. Ronald Q. Shermer was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a drug charge Dec. 3 in Richland County court.
An investigation was launched into Shermer after he wrote a prescription for the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone in the name of a patient, submitted it to be filled at a Devine Street pharmacy and then picked it up for his own personal use.
That Feb. 24, 2014, transaction was captured on surveillance video at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 4467 Devine St. and then confirmed by state and local drug investigators through an examination of Shermer’s financial records and the pharmacy’s log of controlled substance purchases.
The Chapin resident, licensed to practice dentistry in S.C. since 1975, was arrested in April 2014.
On Dec. 3, Shermer pleaded guilty to violating drug distribution laws and could have faced five years in state prison, a $10,000 fine or both. He was sentenced to one year in prison with credit of 38 days already served.
He was being held at Kirkland Correctional Institution Tuesday night.