Yesterday, a dentist with a practice in Chelsea was arrested for allegedly giving dental work to a drug dealer in exchange for meth, as well as possessing child pornography, and 'intentionally' attempting to spread H.I.V. It has since come out that suspect Dr. John Wolf, 59, was a prominent AIDS activist in the 1980s and 1990s. You can see a video of Wolf, then a member of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, discussing his activism in the '80s.
The Post notes that Wolf gave lectures on the disease at New York University’s Dental School and at three national American Dental Association conventions. He was interviewed by the Post in 1988 about fighting the stigma of AIDS, telling them, "My mother has sat in my chair right after I treated an AIDS patient."
That year, Wolf sued fellow Manhattan dentist Dr. Lawrence Barton. Wolf was renting office space from Barton, and Wolf claimed Barton terminated his lease because he was treating people with H.I.V. It was considered the first AIDS discrimination case in NYC to go to public hearing, and Barton was fined $15K. Wolf discussed the case on the show People Are Talking in 1988:
In his business description on Yelp, it states: "In 1984, Dr. Wolf as a student was recognized by the New York State Dental association for his work with AIDS patients and Infection Control. He went on to lecture at NYU and nationally on the topic of infection control."
Wolf is accused of providing "dental services to a drug dealer in exchange for methamphetamine." He allegedly used his dental office as a place to view and distribute child pornography and "provided [an] undercover FBI agent with a flash drive containing files depicting child pornography, including videos of children as young as toddlers being raped by adult men." The complaint against him also states that Wolf bragged about taking part in underground sex parties where people would have sex with animals, and told an informant he had punctured holes in condoms "in an intentional attempt to spread the H.I.V. to his sexual partners."
"I knew he was gay, but he’s a nice guy," Isaac Sadikov, a barber who works across the street from Wolf's 15th Street practice, told the Post. "I used to cut his hair. He’s a quiet guy. He was always passing by on the street, doing some grocery shopping. Big time surprise. He was like a normal guy."
Wolf has been charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamines with intent to distribute, and possession and distribution of child porn.