A 44-year-old Pahokee man is accused of practicing plastic surgery out of a West Palm Beach motel and causing injury to his “clients” after he injected silicone into their buttocks.
Calvin E. Butler, also known as Tamieka Butler, was allegedly renting a room at the El Patio Motel in West Palm Beach, where he was injecting silicone in patients’ buttocks even though he has no medical license or certifications.
Sheriff’s deputies, who worked with the Department of Health on the case, talked to one of Butler’s alleged victims Dec. 13 when the woman described how she would remove her clothes from the waist down and Butler would inject silicone into her backside by way of a syringe. Butler would mark with a felt-tip pen the areas that were in need of “fullness,” according to a sheriff’s affidavit.
After wiping any blood or fluid from the buttocks, Butler would apply “Krazy Glue” to the incisions, the victim told deputies.
This occurred four times between Sept. 12 through Oct. 12 at the motel, with Butler charging $200 each time.
Butler allegedly told the woman different stories about where he obtained the silicone. One time he said he bought it from a nurse at Florida Medical Center; another time he said he bought it from a woman named Debra who is well known for similar injections in the Miami area.
After the woman’s last visit to Butler, she began feeling “painful nodules” at the injection sites. The pain increased in her buttock area. She asked Butler for help.
“Butler told her to take warm baths and to massage the nodules and that her symptoms would subside,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit.
The woman followed Butler’s advice but began to experience fevers and swollen lymph nodes. In mid-November, the woman’s symptoms developed to open and oozing wounds on her buttocks.
She then went to JFK Hospital in Atlantis for treatment and was discharged after receiving antibiotics.
After her antibiotics ran out, the pain returned so the woman was readmitted to the hospital Nov. 29. She was treated for Lymphadenitis, which is swelling of the lymph nodes due to a bacterial infection. She was released Dec. 5 but still hadn’t recovered by Jan. 11 and was suffering from chronic pain and a chronic cough.
The alleged victim was breast-feeding at the time but her baby hadn’t suffered any complications, the affidavit says.
Meanwhile, deputies spoke with another alleged victim in December who was also admitted to the hospital after allegedly receiving silicone treatments from Butler.
Deputies went to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center on Dec. 20 to talk to the man. He had developed open sores on his buttocks and was found laying in a fetal position in his hospital bed when deputies arrived to speak with him.’
The man told deputies he met Butler several years ago after Butler’s release from prison. He began receiving silicone injections from Butler at the motel starting June 2012, and then on a weekly basis every Sunday through October.
Butler charged the man $100 and said it was a discounted price since they were friends. Butler allegedly told the man that he charges strippers $400 per visit.
The man began developing open sores at the injection sites in October and contacted Butler.
Butler told him to “toughen up and gave him medication in tablet form, possibly oral antibiotics,” the affidavit says.
The man was admitted to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center on Nov. 19 because he had developed an infection.
Doctors were forced to remove parts of the victim’s buttocks. Doctors tested the wounds and found that the wounds tested positive for MRSA and other bacterial infections.
He “has suffered disfiguring injury and a chronic infection which he is struggling to recover from,” the deputy wrote in the affidavit.
Angry that the man sought medical attention, Butler visited him in the hospital in the first week of December.
Butler entered the room while wearing a large wig, several pieces of jewelry and a fur coat. He turned around in a circle.
The man asked Butler what he was doing there and Butler responded, “You need to remember who the (expletive) in charge is,” the affidavit says.
Butler has a criminal history, including charges of loitering and prowling (2001), solicitation of prostitution (2001), solicitation to commit prostitution (2002), driving with a suspended license (2007) and driving with a suspended license and resisting an officer (2008).
If anyone has received silicon injections from Butler, contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.