A doctor who strangled his girlfriend in order to force her to swallow the deadly abortion pill and destroy the life of her unborn baby after she informed him she is pregnant, has been allowed to keep practicing.
According to officials, Thomas Pfeiffer, 44, was arrested Wednesday after Ulster County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call that came in with no voice from a Rosendale home. After an investigation, police say Pfeiffer was having a fight with a woman and during the dispute he strangled her and forced her swallow an abortion pill.
The woman eventually made it to the hospital after police arrived on the scene and she had injuries to her back and throat. She was treated and then released.
Pfeiffer is charged with second-degree abortion and strangulation, felonies, and misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. Police say more charged are pending. Pfeiffer was arraigned in Town of Kingston court and sent to Ulster County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
Now, news reports indicate Pfeiffer has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and can continue practicing as a licensed physician since he pleaded to a lesser violation.
According to the Daily Freeman:
- Dr. Thomas A. Pfeiffer originally was charged with the felonies of abortion and strangulation and the misdemeanors of assault and criminal mischief, but the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office reduced the charges to misdemeanors and violations and allowed the guilty plea to only harassment.
Pfeiffer, 44, of Red Hook, entered his plea Tuesday evening before Rosendale Town Justice Robert Vosper and was sentenced to a conditional discharge, contingent on his completion of the 33-week EVOLVE group counseling program run by Family of Woodstock for men who have committed domestic violence.
Pfeiffer is an anesthesiologist who works out of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s three hospitals and Northern Dutchess Hospital, according to a manager at the Cross River Anesthesia Group, a medical practice in Kingston.