Thomas Radecki

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Thomas Radecki
Born 1946 (age 70–71)
Nationality American
Occupation psychiatrist, lawyer
Known for opposition to portrayals of violence

Thomas Edward Radecki (born 1946)[1] is a former American psychiatrist and founding member of the National Coalition on TV Violence. He is known for his controversial views on the effects of portrayals of violence on teens and his opposition to depictions of violence in any form. He started serving an 11- to 22-year prison sentence for charges related to the prescription of opioids in July, 2016.


He attended Ohio State College of Medicine, (class of 1973),[2] where he received his MD. His postgraduate education was done at the Philadelphia General Hospital (06/30/1974) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (06/30/1976).[1]

He received his JD after studies at the Oklahoma City University School of Law (1995-1996), and the Southern Illinois University School of Law (1996-1998).


He practiced or was licensed to practice as a doctor in West Virginia (1977-1979) and Kentucky.[1]

In 1985 Radecki cited a fictitious letter written by a character in the novel Mazes and Monsters as "proof" that the game Dungeons & Dragons had caused the death of gamers.[3] In 1987 he testified as an expert on the effects of Dungeons & Dragons on behalf of Darren Molitor (convicted of murder in 1985) at an appeal, along with Patricia Pulling. The court rejected his testimony.[4] He also testified in at least 12 other cases, all unsuccessfully.

It later emerged that he was not actually a doctor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and that the title was honorary, signifying that he was accredited to practice at a teaching hospital. His status there was removed in 1985.[citation needed]

In March 1992, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation revoked his medical license for a five-year minimum as a result of his "engaging in immoral conduct of an unprofessional nature with a patient".[5]

Radecki resigned from NCTV, turning it over to a colleague, Carole Lieberman. His request for early reinstatement of his license was later rejected, following complaints about his Surrogate Parenting Institute, a fertility clinic. His license was later restored in 2002,[6] and he was placed on probation, which ended in 2008.[7]

Radecki has been involved with Doctors & Lawyers for a Drug Free Youth since 1991, as a Research Director.[8] He was also RD for the International Coalition Against Violent Entertainment, which published a 1988 study of films and the level of violence therein,[9] as well as a board member of the Parents Music Resource Center.[10]

He has advocated for the use of Tramadol as a replacement of Suboxone.[11]

In September 2012, Radecki voluntarily surrendered his Pennsylvania medical license, while facing allegations of unprofessional conduct with patients. The allegations included claims Radecki traded drugs to patients in exchange for sex.[12]

In August 2013, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Radecki's arrest for over-prescribing, trading opioid-addiction treatment drugs for sex.[13] In June 2016, he was sentenced to a 11 to 22-year prison term as a result of the case.[14]


He is well known for the following quote:

"The evidence in these cases is really quite impressive. There is no doubt in my mind that the game Dungeons and Dragons is causing young men to kill themselves and others. The game is one of non-stop combat and violence. Although I am sure that the people at TSR mean no harm, that is exactly what their games are causing. Based on player interviews and game materials, it is clear to me that this game is desensitizing players to violence, and, causing an increased tendency to violent behavior."

— Thomas Radecki, [15]



  1. ^ a b c "West Virginia Board of Medicine Licensee Search". 
  2. ^ "Thomas E Radecki, MD". 
  3. ^ Hicks, Robert D. In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991; p. 288
  4. ^ Missouri v. Molitor, 729 S.W. 2d 551 (1987)
  5. ^ "Down the Tubes". Entertainment Weekly (150-151). Dec 25, 1992. 
  6. ^ Tony Sanders (May 2002). "ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL REGULATION DISCIPLINARY REPORT FOR MAY 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 18 May 2012. Thomas E. Radecki, Decatur – medical (036-059814) and controlled substance licenses restored and placed on indefinite probation. 
  7. ^ "Information found on: Thomas E Radecki MD, 36059814, Clarion, PA". State of Illinois : Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Edward Radecki, MD, JD". Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Rose Dyson. "Violence In The Media". Peace Magazine. 5 (Dec 1989-Jan 1990, number 6): 12. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Radecki, Thomas". The Gaming Advocacy Encyclopedia. The Escapist. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Brunk, Doug (Feb 2008). "Tramadol appears to stem abuse of opiates". Clinical Psychiatry News. Coronado, Calif. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Local doctor accused of exchanging drugs for sex permanently surrenders medical license". WJAC. September 27, 2012. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Attorney General Kane announces arrest of Pa. psychiatrist for over-prescribing, trading opioid-addiction treatment drugs for sex". Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Scheele, Tim (05/01/2003). "Press Release From Washington About D&D". Computers for Christ. Retrieved 17 May 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help), also Yvonne Peterson (1987). "Statistics 2-8". Exodus San Antonio Occult Awareness Program, P.O. Box 700293, San Antonio, TX. 78270: 9. 

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