GRAND RAPIDS – Thomas Heugel, the man known on various websites as’ Dr Thom ‘, was sentenced today to five years’ probation for pretending to be a doctor and performing circumcisions inside his Sparta home.
Heugel, 56, admitted in April that he performed minor circumcisions on adult males at home and medical procedures, such as body piercing or skin tag removal.
“The court is of the opinion that he has received sufficient punishment due to the disgrace suffered in the community.” Kent County Circuit Judge George Buth said.
Heugel said the case had been “disproportionate” by Kent County Sheriff’s investigators. He said many of the accusations that have been made public have never turned out to be true.
An ex-boyfriend alerted Kent County Sheriff’s detectives to Heugel’s practices. According to police, Heugel also gave massages and told clients he was an emergency medical technician.
Investigators were never able to determine why adult men came to the Sparta house on Cherry Street to have circumcisions, a procedure in which the foreskin is removed.
Heugel advertised on Craig’s List and a website called adam4adam.com and donned what looked like uniforms worn by a medical professional, police said. Heugel also administered local anesthesia in at least one case and none of the procedures appear to have been botched, police said.
Heugel identified himself as a student medical assistant when he made an offer for the Township Council of Sparta in 2000.