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A Lufkin woman was arrested Monday after admittedly posing as a gynecologist on an online messaging system to trick a longtime friend into a lesbian relationship that led to a civil union.
Angela Buchanan, 30, was taken into custody Monday on a charge of online impersonation, according to Angelina County Jail records. According to an arrest affidavit, in March she contacted the 51-year-old victim, with whom she has been friends for seven years, on Yahoo! Messenger using the handle “Doc.”
In the course of their real-life friendship, Buchanan told the victim she had a close relationship — more like mother and daughter — with the Lufkin-area gynecologist known as “Doc.” She also told the victim that in 2008 she had a battle with breast cancer while living with her former partner, with whom she had twins via in vitro fertilization.
Posing as “Doc,” Buchanan told the victim a pre-cancerous mass in Buchanan’s breast could possibly be delayed or cured by an increase in certain hormone production, the affidavit stated. “Doc” went on to tell the victim that she advised Buchanan to participate in sexual activity to possibly bolster hormone production and save Buchanan’s life.
In an interview with a Lufkin Police detective, the victim said that although she has been a lesbian since she was 13-years-old, she no longer identified with the lesbian community because she nows feels it is morally wrong. She noted that in the past, Buchanan has tried to initiate a relationship with her.
Although she was reluctant, she said she ultimately made the sacrifice and entered into a sexual relationship with Buchanan because it might save her from breast cancer. She said the sex was directed by "Doc" as part of a "treatment" regimen.
Buchanan told the victim that she went to LabCorp for blood draws each week to check the “treatment’s” progress. After each blood draw, “Doc” would go over the blood tests with the victim via Yahoo! Messenger. Following each report, the frequency, nature and duration of the sex would be advised by “Doc.”
The victim went on to say she wanted “Doc” to take a proactive stance on the pre-cancerous cells and talked Buchanan into having a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. The day of the surgery, the victim accompanied Buchanan. After the surgery was complete, the victim asked the doctor about the pre-cancerous growth but the doctor said they knew about nothing other than a breast augmentation, the affidavit stated.
When the victim asked “Doc” via messenger about the incident, “Doc” said the other doctor had done the surgery “under the table” and that he had to deny knowledge of it to her because there were cameras in the waiting room, according to the affidavit. The victim said she accepted this explanation.
Throughout June and July, the victim said Buchanan and “Doc” tried to talk her into traveling to a same-sex marriage state to get married because it would help Buchanan win a custody battle for the twins she shared with her former partner. In August, the victim flew to Petestown, Mass., with Buchanan to go through a civil marriage ceremony, the affidavit stated.
When the victim’s daughter began suggesting Buchanan was actually “Doc,” the victim began investigating the matter, ultimately discovering that her daughter’s belief was true. She then contacted Buchanan’s former partner and learned there had been no breast cancer in 2008 and that there also was no custody battle involving the twins. Police became involved after the victim contacted “Doc’s” office, the affidavit stated.
In an interview with police, Buchanan admitted to all the trickery, saying the victim would not have entered into a relationship with her if not for “Doc’s” advice, according to the affidavit.
Buchanan is out of the Angelina County Jail on a $1,500 bond. She faces up to a year in county jail and/or a $4,000 fine on the Class A misdemeanor charge.
Jessica Cooley’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.