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Doctor arrested for choking woman by forcing her to swallow abortion pill

By Mason White 11:27 AM December 10, 2014
Dr. Thomas A. Pfeiffer 

By: Wayne Morin
A New York doctor was arrested for forcing a woman to take an abortion pill.

The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dr. Thomas A. Pfeiffer, 44, of Red Hook at 7:00 p.m.

Pfeiffer was charged with the violent felony of Strangulation in the Second Degree, felony of Abortion in the Second Degree, the misdemeanors of Assault in the Third Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.

Deputies responded to a residence on Dewitt Mills Road in the Town of Rosendale, to investigate a 911 hang up call.

After deputies arrived at the residence, they learned that Pfeiffer was involved in a violent dispute with a woman. During the course of the dispute, Pfeiffer choked the victim and forced her to consume a pill that would cause an abortion.

The victim sustained injuries to her throat and neck. The victim was transported to Health Alliance Hospital in Kingston, and was treated and released. Pfeiffer was taken into custody by deputies. Additional charges are pending against Pfeiffer.

Dr. Pfeiffer was arraigned in the Town of Kingston Court. He was remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash or $100,000 secured bond.