Chesapeake dentist faces judge on felony charges

Posted at 8:18 PM, Jan 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-29 11:52:20-05

Chesapeake, Va. - Felony charges against Chesapeake dentist Derrick Broadaway for writing bad checks to former employees were certified to a grand jury this afternoon.

"It has been stressful," said former Broadaway Dentistry business manager Andrea Ross, who contacted NewsChannel 3 after she and several others quit when their checks kept bouncing.  By the middle of November, Chesapeake police charged Broadaway with four counts of felony bad checks.

During the preliminary hearing in Chesapeake General District Court, the former employees showed the judge the bounced checks.  Broadaway's attorney argued that there's no proof the dentist actually signed the checks, but the judge said the evidence presented in court Monday met a burden of proof for the case to  move forward.

This isn't Broadaway's only black eye.  NewsChannel 3's digging also uncovered his decade long history of violations with the Virginia Board of Dentistry.

Click here to read NewsChannel 3's full coverage of this investigation.

The Board stopped Broadaway from practicing for two months last summer and fined him $20,000 after they say he performed poor root canal work on Rosemary Rogers.

"If I had known, I would have never stepped foot in that dentist office," Rogers told NewsChannel 3.

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Broadaway has been sued by former patients, some who have claimed he left them disfigured and permanently injured.

Lamar Price showed NewsChannel 3 x-rays of a botched root canal he says Broadaway performed.

"I've been on more pain medication and antibiotics than I have in my entire life, Price said.

As some his former patients work through their pain, the dentist will have to work through his legal troubles.

"I hope this is a wakeup call and he just learns a lesson," said Ross.  "Maybe he'll treat [his employees] better."