West Hartford Dentist Peter Delaney Pleads Guilty To Distributing Oxycodone

Peter Delaney of West Hartford pleaded guilty Friday to illegally distributing oxycodone. (Connecticut State Police)

A former dentist from West Hartford pleaded guilty on Friday to three counts of illegally prescribing oxycodone.

Peter Delaney, 48, is scheduled to be sentenced April 4 to 15 years in prison, suspended after he serves six years, and five years of probation. During the term of his probation, he will not be permitted to practice dentistry.

Delaney initially faced 45 counts of illegally prescribing controlled medications, including oxycodone. His lawyers, Norm Pattis and Kevin Smith of New Haven, reached a plea agreement with prosecutor Vicki Melchiorre.

In addition to the prison sentence, Delaney will have to pay a $50,000 fine.

Delaney’s crimes came to light after the arrest of another West Hartford man, Kevin Baker, on charges of twice robbing the same East Granby bank. Baker, who is serving a seven-year sentence, had been a regional vice president for MetLife and was running his own financial planning business when he hit rock bottom in January and February 2016.

Baker was addicted to painkillers provided to him by Delaney, and robbed the bank to get money to pay off drug debts and to maintain his family’s lifestyle, Melchiorre said at Baker’s sentencing.

Baker told state police that Delaney was his source of narcotics.

Delaney, who also was addicted to painkillers at the time of his arrest, is now clean. He spoke clearly and told Hartford Superior Court Judge David P. Gold that he was guilty of illegally writing prescriptions that were not medically necessary.

Melchiorre named Baker and two others as recipients of narcotics from Delaney. Delaney’s practice was on Brace Road in West Hartford.

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