New York Man Arrested for Posing as Doctor and Convincing People To Given Themselves Rectal Examinations

thumb_telephone_cartoonNew York police have arrested construction worker, John Brady, 49, in a rather odd crime. Brady is accused of calling people and posing as a doctor. He would then convinced them to give themselves a rectal examination while he was on the telephone. He has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment.

Brady was finally apprehended after a 34-year-old woman became suspicious after giving herself a rectal examination when she realized later that Brady “did not represent a medical establishment.” She then called police.

Brady admitted that he would pick names out randomly from the telephone book, ask them questions about their digestive system, and then give them instructions on performing the rectal examination. He had been arrested in September on aggravated harassment charges in connection with two other telephone calls, one from June 2007 and another from 2008. He could face one year in jail.

I have always wondered who actually falls for marketing gimmicks on the telephone about free trips and prizes. Now, I realize that those are the smart ones. There are actually people who will give themselves rectal examinations when called by a stranger.

It is unclear why Brady is in construction and not telemarketing.

29 thoughts on “New York Man Arrested for Posing as Doctor and Convincing People To Given Themselves Rectal Examinations”

  1. When I was a kid (17 or 18), I tried a telemarketing job. It lasted two days before the management and I agreed it wasn’t my forte. But during those two days I met some people who were masters at cold calling. The type who *could* sell ice cubes to Eskimos.

    One of them was a young guy in his 20’s. The first day I was there, he rounded up some of us newbies and said, “Watch how it’s done.” Then he sat down, with his girlfriend on his lap, and starting calling. In 30 minutes time, he’d made 10-12 calls and made 2 or 3 sales — an amazing hit rate.

  2. Y’know reading the headline and seeing that guy’s picture, I assume Jonathan Turley, made me think he was the brilliant perpetrator of this “crime.” I don’t know if I would want my picture next to that headline. I wonder when the alleged victim decided the whole thing was suspicious. My guess is that it was probably after he asked her to smell her finger …

  3. rafflaw,

    I know I made several bad jokes about this but I think there’s more going on here. People who work in professional jobs are given the benefit of the doubt all the time. We are taught such people are a priori ethical, intelligent, decent human beings who should be defered to and believed in without question. This idea is widespred in our society despite ample evidence to the contrary (see JT’s posts above). It does set up a dangerous situation. No person, by virtue of position should be accorded more respect as a human being than any other person, but we do this regularly. We do it based on income and position. Add to this learned deference the fact that the govt. is pushing a campaign at this time to get tested for colon cancer and it’s not impossible to see how this scam worked. We shouldn’t minimize people own decisions, (such as investing in Madoff’s ponzi scheme), still it’s important to understand what social and psychological factors enable such scams to proceed.

  4. This guy should teach a salesmanship course because he could sell ice cubes to the Eskimos! I don’t understand how people can be so stupid and fall for this without at least getting a prize.

  5. As I recall, the last thing Joe the Plumber bothers worrying about is paying taxes.

  6. Shut up Mojo. Joe the plumber is trying to work this angle for some under the table money to avoid being taxed by Obama. Don’t just broadcast his scam to everyone.

  7. Jill,

    Actually I’m one to talk. The same thing happened to me three times last month. And he assured me the heavy breathing was because he was on his exercise bike …

    As a man I felt particularly violated.

  8. Mojo,

    How do you know he didn’t identfy himself as Joe the Plumber, M.D., who was a friend of John McCain’s. Can you honestly say you would have been suspicious at that point?

  9. “… a 34-year-old woman became suspicious after giving herself a rectal examination …”

    But she wasn’t at all suspicious when she picked up the phone and a man said, “I’m a doctor calling to instruct you to perform a rectal examination on yourself. All ready to go? Great, let’s get started …”

    I wish there was some video available, not of the exam, but of the expression on these people’s faces later when they finally put it together.

  10. Shame on those people for being dumb enough to do that.

    I’m surprised he didn’t call women up and tell them to send pictures/videos of themselves giving self breast exams so that he could tell them if they were doing it correctly or not!

  11. Now that’s persuasive speech! He could be a politician if he’d just use his own finger.

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