Wearing gloves, a nursing uniform and a photo identification, the practitioner they knew only as "Goddess" appeared legitimate to the two women who received buttock injections filled with household and automotive products.
The two women, who were seeking curvier posteriors, ended up with lingering illnesses and deformities following the hourlong butt-enhancement treatments performed inside a Dania Beach motel room in 2009, according to authorities.
Tuesday, the Broward Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Oneal Morris, 32, who made national headlines last year in Miami-Dade County after being charged with injecting people in the butt with the near-lethal concoctions.
Officials now say Morris performed similar treatments on at least three women in Broward County. Morris, 32, turned himself in to Broward officials Monday on charges that include practicing medicine without a license resulting in serious injuries.
"I think this is justice served," said Tiffany Kennedy, 36, of Lauderhill, who underwent injections. "I would definitely want to know what would make them ruin people's lives."
Morris' recent arrest is the latest in what is now being called the "Toxic Tush" case, in which Morris is accused of injecting people with substances such as bathroom caulk, cement, Super Glue, Fix-A-Flat and mineral oil.
Morris' attorney, Michael Mirer, said his client, who was born a man and identifies as a woman, "maintains her innocence."
"My client is looking forward to her day in court," Mirer said. "At this point, I haven't seen any evidence other than what the victims are saying. These allegations are from three years ago. I question the timing of charges being brought now."
According to Broward sheriff's investigators, two of the women, Lournise Linton, 41, of Tampa, and Ophelia Parker, 36, of Vero Beach, drove to a Motel 6 in Dania Beach on May 26, 2009, to meet Morris.
The women told investigators that Morris looked and spoke like a medical doctor. Morris reportedly described to each woman a beauty procedure that consisted of injecting them up to 22 times with "silicone" in each buttock, according to arrest reports. They then were instructed to soak their buttocks with salt, alcohol and peroxide, according to the reports.
Parker noted to investigators that Morris kept the substances inside a Pedialyte bottle. Linton complained she couldn't remove a cotton ball placed over the injection wound because Super Glue was used, according to the report.
Both women paid $3,000 to $4,000.
In an earlier Broward incident, on March 16, 2009, Morris visited Kennedy at her home — she lived in Tamarac at the time — and performed the same procedure for $1,000, authorities said.
Kennedy's mother, Julie Mathews, said Tuesday that her daughter always was concerned about her looks and sought Morris' help.
"She always thought that she had to have a bigger rear end," the mother said. "She's perfect the way she is. She's very beautiful."
After the procedure, her daughter became ill with a fever and doctors said she was near death, the mother said from her Lauderhill home. She tried to locate Morris, who had vanished, the mother said.
Mathews said her daughter called authorities after recognizing Morris on television following last year's arrest.
Broward sheriff's deputies said all three women reported having serious, lingering ill effects.
Linton told investigators she paid Morris with money she received for her birthday. A year after her treatment, she began coughing up blood and went to the hospital, where doctors discovered what appeared to be bathroom caulk in her lungs. She remained hospitalized for three weeks and now needs regular intraveneous treatments to fight recurring infections.
A Jupiter doctor told Parker he wouldn't be able to remove the substance in her body because of its vast amounts. Parker now requires daily treatments, according to the report.
Broward officials learned about the cases following an investigation by the Florida Department of Health.
Sheriff's detectives and Broward prosecutors obtained warrants last week for Morris' arrest.
Morris, who also goes by the name "Duchess," was arrested in November along with his alleged assistant, Corey Alexander Eubanks. Morris is accused in Miami-Dade of duping a Miami Gardens woman into paying for six injections of a near-lethal formula of chemicals administered through a tube hooked to a cooler, according to police and state investigators.
Eubanks, accused of coordinating the meetings between the victims and Morris, got a cut of the $700 to $900 fee, authorities said. Eubanks' attorney, Jim Lewis, on Tuesday said he didn't expect additional charges against Eubanks.
Authorities say anyone who may have been a victim can file a
complaint by contacting their local law enforcement agency or the state Department of Health's Unlicensed Activity Program at 1-877-425-8852.
Staff Researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.