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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, September 27, 2002

Kaiser doctor released on bail

By David Waite
Advertiser Courts Writer

A Kaiser-Permanente Moanalua Medical Center anesthesiologist who is facing federal drug possession and firearms charges was released on bail yesterday so he can participate in a residential drug-treatment program on the Mainland.

Federal Magistrate Leslie Kobayashi ordered Peter E. Fong released on $20,000 cash bond, which will be returned to him when a $100,000 property bond is posted, so that Fong can enroll in the Hazelden Springbrook residential drug treatment program in Newberg, Ore.

Kobayashi found that the bail would ensure Fong's return to Hawai'i after he completes the program and that he does not pose a threat to the community.

Fong's lawyer, William Harrison, said Kaiser-Permanente has agreed to pay the fee for Fong's treatment in Oregon. Harrison said travel arrangements had already been made and that he expected Fong to arrive at the facility sometime today.

Kobayashi imposed standard bail conditions on Fong, including the surrender of any firearms and an admonishment that he not possess any illicit drugs or be near anyone buying, selling or using drugs.

"You have a lot of support from your friends and employer. Don't blow it," Kobayashi told Fong.

He was arrested Sept. 19 as he arrived for work at Kaiser's Moanalua facility. Fong was charged with possession of cocaine, date-rape drugs, Ecstasy and steroids. He was also charged with being a drug user in possession of firearms — in his case, five handguns. Fong has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.