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Okla. oral surgeon accused of malpractice, records say he owns Ariz. home

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PHOENIX -

A doctor, who health officials say may have exposed thousands of patients to incurable diseases, has a second home in Arizona and is believed to be staying there.

According to the State Board of Dental Examiners' website, there's no record of Dr. Scott Harrington ever having a license or practicing in Arizona.

A Phoenix woman, who says she's an old friend of Harrington's, said she went to Oklahoma in the 90s for him to pull her wisdom teeth, but is not concerned.

No one was home at Harrington's Carefree home Saturday.

A physician's reference book sat in the window.

The house sits near the boulder's resort and is the oral surgeon's second home.

He's believed to be staying there as health officials in Oklahoma, where he works, are accusing him of unsanitary practices.

"When we left, we were physically sick," said Susan Rogers, with the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry.

Oklahoma health officials say up to 7,000 of his patients may have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

His practice was inspected after a patient tested positive for hepatitis.

State inspectors allegedly found contaminated drug vials and rusty instruments.

"The instruments that came out of the autoclave were horrible. I wouldn't let my nephews play with them out in the dirt," said Rogers.

Hundreds of his patients lined up outside a Tulsa health clinic for free testing on Saturday.

"It's just wrong," said Deann Zavala, who took her children to Harrington's practice.

Zavala's 8-year-old daughter had a tooth removed.

"How do you look at her and be like, 'You could have AIDS or HIV'," said Zavala.

A Phoenix woman named Suzy Horton, who says she was friends with Harrington years ago, says he removed her wisdom teeth in Oklahoma in the early 90s.

She wouldn't go on camera, but says she doesn't believe the allegations.

She's not concerned for her safety, even though health officials say there could be more at risk; his patient records only go back to 2007.

"I don't want to speculate I'm very concerned how many more there might be. I'm praying there's not very many more," said Rogers.

Harrington has been practicing dentistry for 36 years.

He gave up his license on March 20 and is cooperating with investigators.

A hearing is set for April.

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