By Jeff Awtrey - email
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington man is now charged with removing a birth-control implant from a minor. The same charge filed against a Groveton man will be dropped, according to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.
Robert Carl Zylstra, 19, is charged with practicing medicine without a license, a third-degree felony.
Authorities initially charged James Jacob Thompson, 23, with the charge. However, a further investigation showed the victim had not accused Zylstra of the crime because she did not want to get him in trouble. Instead, Thompson was charged with that crime in October, as well as charges of tattooing a prohibited person and a drug charge.
Sgt. Bart Riley said the practicing medicine charge against Thompson would be dropped, but he still faces the tattooing charges and the drug charge.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Zylstra removed the birth-control implant from a 16-year-old girl by cutting an incision in her arm and removing it with a pair of tweezers. She said she asked Zylstra to remove it because it was uncomfortable to her.