A Roane County doctor/minister who had his tongue bitten off last year when he stuck it in the mouth of an elderly patient was found guilty of battery, State Police said.
Dr. Kenneth Seen, 53, of Spencer, appeared Wednesday in Roane Circuit Court to learn his fate, Sgt. Michael Baylous said in a news release. Troopers arrested Seen in October 2012 after a woman claimed he'd assaulted her elderly father.
Yvonne Wright went to the State Police detachment in Spencer in September to report that a doctor at Roane General Hospital had assaulted her 77-year-old father John Shafer, Sgt. Fred Hammack told the Daily Mail last year.
The elderly man suffered from dementia and Parkinson's disease. He'd returned to Roane General after receiving treatment at Cabell Huntington Hospital for a broken hip, according to complaints filed at the time.
Shafer was confined to bed and immobilized.
Hospital workers told Wright that Shafer bit the tongue off his attending physician, Seen, in August.
Wright told troopers that the nurses cleaned blood from her father's face and removed part of the doctor's tongue from Shafer's mouth. Shafer wasn't injured in the ordeal, though he died weeks later, in October.
Seen was treated at Roane General and later at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.
Seen told physicians at the time that Shafer had motioned for him to come close, and then grabbed his tongue and pulled him closer. He claimed his memory faded after that, and that he could only remember "pain and blood," according to a criminal complaint.
Dr. Jason Fincham, an emergency room doctor at Roane General who treated Seen, told authorities Seen had a "significant portion" of his tongue bitten off and that his claims of how the incident happened "could not be true," Hammack wrote in the complaint.