Ran­dall­stown woman sen­tenced for in­ject­ing clients with non­med­i­cal sil­i­cone

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION - By Jes­sica An­der­son jkan­der­son@balt­sun.com

A judge sen­tenced a Ran­dall­stown woman Fri­day to two years in prison for in­ject­ing a liq­uid sil­i­cone used in caulk and other non­med­i­cal prod­ucts into thou­sands of cus­tomers’ but­tocks and other ar­eas of the body, the Mary­land U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice said.

Ken­dra West­more­land, 55, pleaded guilty in Fe­bru­ary to in­ject­ing poly­dimethyl­silox­ane, a sil­i­con-based or­ganic poly­mer, di­rectly into the bodies of cus­tomers for cos­metic pur­poses, charg­ing $250 to $500 per ses­sion, the of­fice said.

Ac­cord­ing to her plea agree­ment, be­tween Oc­to­ber 2000 Oc­to­ber 2015, West- more­land es­ti­mated she in­jected thou­sands of cus­tomers, ei­ther at her home or in ho­tel rooms, to give cus­tomers larger and fuller but­tocks, or to shape other ar­eas of their bodies.

West­more­land led cus­tomers to be­lieve she was a li­censed med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner and that the sil­i­con was “med­i­cal grade.” But fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said poly­dimethyl­silox­ane is not ap­proved by the U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion for in­jec­tions into the body. It is found in sham­poos to make hair shiny, as an anti-foam­ing agent in food, caulk, lu­bri­cants, ki­netic sand, and heatre­sis­tant tiles.

Po­lice searched West­more­land’s home on Oct. 4, 2015, where a room was set up to re­sem­ble an op­er­at­ing room, in­clud­ing med­i­cal equip­ment and col­lages of pho­to­graphs of in­di­vid­u­als ex­pos­ing their but­tocks. Po­lice also found 126 peo­ple listed as clients on her cell­phone. A fi­nan­cial audit of her fi­nances showed that be­tween De­cem­ber 2011 and Oc­to­ber 2015 de­posits to­tal­ing to $276,000, with no tax pay­ments or tax re­turns filed dur­ing that pe­riod, pros­e­cu­tors said.

An at­tor­ney listed for West­more­land did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Fri­day af­ter­noon.

As part of the sen­tence, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ellen L. Hol­lan­der also or­dered West­more­land to serve one year of su­per­vised re­lease and pay a $2,500 fine. John Re­gional Catholic School in Fred­er­ick County, St. John the Evan­ge­list School in Baltimore County, St. Louis School in Howard County, St. Mary Catholic School in Wash­ing­ton County, and Saint Peter’s Ele­men­tary School in Charles County. The na­tional hon­ors will be awarded Nov. 6 and 7 in Wash­ing­ton by U.S. Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos.

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