An area physician who has been the target of a state investigation agreed this month to a permanent surrender of his license to practice medicine.

The Pennsylvania Department of State announced Thomas E. Radecki's voluntary surrender of his license, effective Sept. 11. Radecki had maintained offices in Seneca, Clarion, DuBois and Kane.

The Department of State said Radecki, 66, "agreed to the permanent voluntary surrender of his license because he engaged in immoral and/or unprofessional conduct."

Carol Aichele, secretary for the Department of State, announced the action against Radecki's license as one of 205 disciplinary actions taken by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs' 29 professional-licensing boards, the Bureau of Charitable Organizations and the Division of Legislation and Notaries of the Bureau of Commission, Elections and Legislation.

Agents of the state Attorney General office, state police and the Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant June 29 at Radecki's four offices and at the residences of Radecki and several of his employees.

Oil City police chief Bob Wenner said Tuesday he and other local law enforcement agencies had reason to believe Radecki was part of the local drug problem and that he was pleased Radecki surrendered his medical license.

"I'm glad that this has occurred," Wenner said. "It was a problem in the county and region for sure. I think every law enforcement agency was quite aware of it and we had great concerns with what we were hearing from persons on the street and prescription users and our concerns were answered by the Attorney General's office."

Documents from the Department of State indicate Radecki was being investigated for violations of standard practices, including overprescribing Subutex - a drug used to treat opioid dependence - and engaging in immoral conduct with patients in exchange for drugs, including "kissing and inappropriate touching" with a female patient in exchange for drugs as recently as June 20.

Records from the Venango County Courthouse showed that Radecki transferred several deeds for properties in Clarion and Venango counties less than two weeks after the state Attorney General's office began the investigation into his practices.

According to court documents, on July 3, Radecki transferred two deeds to Clarion properties to his wife, Cecile Dianne Zdunich, of 7 Maronee St. in Clarion. One property is at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Main Street in Clarion, and the other one is on Main Street.

On July 9, Radecki transferred the deed for an Eighth Avenue property in Clarion to Chelsea Marie Young, 25, of Grandview Road in Oil City. There has been no indication of Radecki's relationship with Young.

Then on July 10, Radecki transferred a deed for more than 117 acres of land in Richland Township to his wife, Zdunich.

The state Attorney General's office does not comment on ongoing investigations, however, at the time of the search warrant execution, the Attorney General's office said the execution of the search warrant is part of an ongoing investigation. No other details were provided.

No charges had been filed against Radecki as of Tuesday evening.