CUMBERLAND — A local physician was arrested Wednesday following a two-month investigation by the C3I Narcotics Unit.

Robert D. Cendo, 58, was charged with two counts of solicitation for prostitution and one count of perverted practice.

The charges stem from an investigation into allegations that Cendo, a local physician, had been writing prescriptions for narcotic pain killers to a confidential female informant in exchange for sexual favors.

In addition to the arrest, investigations executed two search warrants — one at Cendo’s current residence and one at his office.

Police said a small amount of cocaine and marijuana, as well as several prescription bottles of narcotic medication prescribed to several different individuals, was recovered during the search of the residence. Computers and documents were seized from the residence.

Computers, documents and prescriptions pads were seized from the office.

Several vehicles utilized during the alleged commission of the crimes were also seized.

The C3I Narcotics Task Force was assisted by Maryland State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and C3I.

Cendo was taken before a district court commissioner and was released after posting $10,000 bond, pending his next court appearance.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

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