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High schools direct students to apply for scholarship run by 'porn producer'

On October 7, the board "unanimously voted to accept the surrender of Dr. Sobash's Arkansas medical licenses in lieu of continuing with the investigative process."

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Multiple high schools across the country listed a scholarship for students to apply to that requires sending their information, including physical addresses and phone numbers, to an Arkansas doctor that was forced to surrender his license after being accused multiple times of meeting up with aspiring medical professionals online, and tricking them into filming porn that he either sold, or posted to shame them.

Three women have brought lawsuits against Philip T. Sobash, with the most recent ones stating he is "a serial sexual predator who convinces unwitting young women into sending nude images to him and then posts the images with his victims' names and other personal identifying information onto notorious websites, inciting others to anonymously harass and attack his victims. He sells the images for personal gain. But, more than that, he enjoys harming his victims," according to an exclusive report from The Daily Wire.

The Arkansas medical board forwarded information regarding Sobash to the FBI in August, who said they "encouraged the physician to utilize a chaperone at all times when seeing patients," and ordered him to come before the board in October.

On October 7, the board "unanimously voted to accept the surrender of Dr. Sobash's Arkansas medical licenses in lieu of continuing with the investigative process," according to board records.

Sobash has now set up a scholarship titled the "Dr. Philip Sobash Scholarship 2021-2022 For Future Medical Doctors." The scholarship website, which was reportedly set up on July 2, following the two most recent lawsuits against him.

The scholarship website tells prospective applicants to write an essay, and send information like their addresses, the school they attend, email address, and phone number to Sobash.

In addition to a scholarship, on October 26, 2021, Sobash announced in a press release that he has created a mentorship program for prospective medical students.

Describing the mentorship, a student said Sobash "gives his best to groom and encourage his students."

A number of schools across the country, including Fort Vancouver High School in Washington, Pearl River High School in New York, the North Ridgeville City Schools in Ohio, the Prarie du Chien Area School District in Wisconsin,  the Starmont Community School District in Iowa, the Vinton County, Ohio schools, and Alfred Ely Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia, had at one point listed the scholarship on their website.

"The scholarships were posted by high schools after the New York Post wrote about one of the lawsuits against Sobash in May, which meant his background was easily locatable on Google at the time," wrote The Daily Wire.

Sobash has had three lawsuits filed against him, one was filed on June 30 in Louisiana, another on May 28 in California, and in April of 2017 in Michigan.

The Louisiana federal lawsuit, filed by a graduate student in her early 20s, states that she met Sobash online, where he would ask for her to send pictures to him of her engaging in specific sexual acts. She obliged, sending them under the pretense that they were for him only.

She later learned that the photos were being posted online, and that he was creating in "made-to-order" pornography for paying customers.

"Dr. Sobash was receiving requests for particular scenarios from his 'customers,' and he would then act as the producer of these pornographic images, made for commercial gain, and then he would distribute them to his customers… Jane Doe was not interested in being a commercial porn actress and was instead pursuing a career in medicine," the lawsuit said.

"On information and belief, Dr. Sobash has multiple other victims, some of whom are underage," it added. "Defendant has represented himself as an upstanding citizen and had gained Jane Doe's trust over a period of time," it continued. "Jane Doe confronted Defendant because he was the only person to whom she had sent any of the photographs. Defendant lied and claimed he had been hacked."

On July 22, the woman asked for the court to drop her case "with prejudice."

This "often signals that an out-of-court settlement has been reached," according to The Daily Wire.

The California federal lawsuit was filed on May 28 by a woman who stated that in 2018, when she was a 21-year-old university student pursuing a nursing career, she had met Sobash online, where he convinced her to send him nude photographs that he promised to keep private.

Sobash "would send her props like sex toys and nursing machines to photograph herself with and then he would direct her. Jane Doe had developed trust with Dr. Sobash and would usually indulge his fetishes," it said.

"On or about February 2019, Jane Doe received a direct message on Instagram from an unknown person who sent her a link to a Reddit forum where Defendant had published and commercially sold sexually explicit photographs of Jane Doe under the username 'innocent t–s,'" it continued.

On June 17, that woman withdrew her lawsuit with prejudice.

The Michigan lawsuit, filed by a woman in April of 2017, alleged similar behavior from Sobash. The relationship reportedly began in 2015.

The lawsuit stated that Sobash had an online relationship with the woman, requested nude photographs, then published them online  on "multiple websites–some of which are notorious revenge pornography websites."

"A number of the websites upon which Plaintiff's nude photographs and videos are published note that Plaintiff attended Oakland University, resides in the State of Michigan, and is a nurse who works at a hospital in the State of Michigan. Said identifiers were intentionally published with Plaintiff's nude photographs and videos so that it would be easier for third-parties to harass Plaintiff," the lawsuit said.

"Third-parties who view the content on revenge pornography websites often post offensively despicable remarks about victims in the public comment sections, and it is very common for said third-parties to sadistically forward the nude photographs and videos to the family, friends, and the employers of the revenge pornography victims," it continued.

The lawsuit stated that Sobash "ignored Plaintiff's desperate pleas" to remove the images from where they were published.

In June of 2017, the woman withdrew the lawsuit with prejudice as well.

These women may not be the only ones to have encountered such behaviors from Sobash.

In October 2020, White River Health System, where Sobash had practiced internal medicine, posted an image of Sobash to their Instagram, where the comment section was flooded with allegations of his sexual behavior.

"This is the doctor PHILIP Sobash that had been selling my naked photos and videos all over the internet," one woman commented in June, according to The Daily Wire.

"He tried to fly me out to have sex with him at 16! had to get fbi involved bc he posted nude pics & vids of me at 15!! bc i wouldn't go see him. not to mention, with ALL my personal info. i'm 20 now & still receive death threats, he's ruined my life forever," a Tennessee woman commented.

At the time of publishing, White River still lists Sobash as one of their residents.

When questioned about Sobash's employment status by The Daily Wire, "a voicemail left for Internal Medicine Program Director Gilbert Roy Kamoga was responded to by a man who said he was a paralegal named Mike who worked for Sobash's attorney and was responding on Sobash's behalf."

The paralegal blamed "feminists," and said the lawsuits had been "settled."

"The phone number from which 'Mike' called is registered to Francis Santa, a convicted fraudster who runs a firm called Business Image Lift, which says it uses 'a proprietary method' to remove negative information about its clients from the internet," according to The Daily Wire.

In response to reporting from The Daily Wire, multiple schools stated that they would be removing the scholarship from their recommendations.

"I will have members of my secondary staff investigate these allegations and determine if the scholarship information will remain posted or not," said Gary Bena, the superintendent of Starmont.

Vancouver Public Schools said "the scholarship has been pulled from our websites. All scholarship opportunities include the following disclaimer: This program is not sponsored by Vancouver Public Schools. Approval to distribute flyers is a community service and does not imply endorsement." The statement added that its "scholarship vetting process includes… Verifying scholarship sponsor is legitimate (in this case, the doctor's credentials were verified on HealthGrade)."

"Upon learning of the allegations, the Pearl River School District terminated this scholarship opportunity," Pearl River High School said.

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