When this physician gets the fever, it's the women he dates who can't shake the bug

Editor's note: In the spring of 2014, it came to Westword's attention that Sandra Ebersohl, who was one source in this story about Louis Hampers, has a history of fabricating information. Westword obtained more than two decades' worth of police reports, court documents and copies of restraining orders that reveal a pattern: Ebersohl starts dating a man, and when he tries to break up with her, she harasses him. Or she claims that he's harassing her. However, documents show that her accusations are usually unfounded.

Ebersohl made some of those claims against Hampers, who was dealing with problems of his own during the time that he got mixed up with her: In 2010, two months after this story was published, Hampers was arrested and charged with using five aliases and eight fake patient names to fraudulently obtain drugs such as generic Vicodin, Valium and Ambien 654 times at pharmacies in Denver and Aurora. In 2011, the former Children's Hospital ER doctor pleaded guilty to fourteen of the charges and was sentenced in 2012 to five years of supervised probation and a $30,000 fine.

But it appears that some of the accusations Ebersohl made against Hampers may have been fabricated. For instance, a re-examination of some of the e-mails mentioned in this story shows that the e-mail address from which those messages were sent may not have belonged to Hampers. It differs by a single character -- an additional “1” -- from the e-mail address that Hampers used for all other communication.

For more on Ebersohl, read our June 19, 2014, feature story, “Snake Charming.”


Sandra Ebersohl wasn't looking to meet anybody new on The 44-year-old Colorado Springs woman was going through a divorce and had signed up for the website and forum run by the Denver swingers' club the Scarlet Ranch to reconnect with a couple she'd met through her ex-boyfriend. But when a man with the online handle Dino1970 messaged her in December 2009, she was intrigued.

"I'm intense and driven," his profile said. "I want someone who takes real pride in their body and is willing to work hard to look and be their best."

Dino1970 described himself as "lean and muscled" and included a shirtless photo. He said he was "an intense (but not humorless) professional" who joined the site because it was "far enough past the edge" that it diminished the chances he'd be discovered on it and embarrassed. His handle was a reference to his 1970 Ferrari Dino. "I've ended a 15 yr marriage to a 'trophy wife' lacking the spark that my libido needs and deserves," he wrote. "Now I'm just looking to get to know some new friends in a guilt-free, nonjudgmental way."

The first message he ever sent to Ebersohl was cute. She hadn't listed her name on her profile, so it began, "Hi [Your name here]." "I've never been to the ranch," he wrote. "Maybe you can help me avoid rookie mistakes." He signed his message, "Lou."

"He sounded nice," says Ebersohl. "There was no reason not to talk to the man."

Not yet. Four months later, in April, Ebersohl filed a restraining order against Dr. Louis Hampers, the head of emergency medicine at The Children's Hospital in Aurora and the 44-year-old man behind Dino1970. The two had dated off and on after meeting online. There was a pattern to their relationship, she says: Things would be good, and then, out of the blue, Hampers's behavior would become erratic and he'd start acting like a jerk. Ebersohl would break up with him, only to take him back when he called her, upset. The final straw was when, in the midst of an argument, he emptied a drawer full of her seizure medication into a bag and refused to give it back to her.

By that time, Hampers was facing another restraining order from a different woman, one with a high-profile job: 9News investigative reporter Deborah Sherman. The 44-year-old TV personality had broken a date with Hampers in January; after that, Sherman said in court filings, he harassed her via e-mail and text, sending her twenty-plus frightening missives over two months in which he demanded that she apologize for snubbing him and threatened to ruin her career.

Both restraining-order cases have made their way through the court system, but Hampers may soon be dealing with a lot more trouble. The Children's Hospital says Hampers went on voluntary paid sick leave in April, and Ebersohl says the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners has called her and may be investigating him.

"He went through a breakdown," she says. "He's a mess."

Police in Denver and Colorado Springs also have open investigations of Hampers in connection with the restraining-order cases, and Sherman has filed a civil suit against him, alleging defamation, emotional distress, invasion of privacy, damaging her relationship with 9News and outrageous conduct.

Outrageous conduct that got stranger by the day.

After their first flirty contact online in December, Hampers and Ebersohl began swapping e-mails and photos. Hampers sent several racy ones, Ebersohl says, including one of him in a towel and another of him completely naked.

He also brazenly posted the photos on his ScarletLifestyle profile, says Ebersohl, who provided a copy of the profile to Westword. "I sent him an e-mail that said, 'What are you doing?'" Ebersohl recalls. "You're the reason pics 4 and 5 exist," he wrote. "...Do I detect some jealousy? Don't worry, no one but the guys in the locker room are getting a view like [picture] 5 in the flesh (actually, even they are only seeing my little friend 'at ease' — much less impressive in that mode)."

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