Judge reduces bond for Corydon OBGYN facing 22 charges

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Friday, May 31 at 5:18 PM

HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A Harrison County judge reduced the bond, for prominent OB-GYN Dr. Paul Kelty, from $200,000 to $15,000 Friday morning after he turned himself in to authorities Thursday. 
 
He and his wife spoke in court, telling the Harrison Co. judge all his financial accounts were frozen by the State of Indiana. Though he has $3 million in assets, plus a private art collection worth hundreds of thousands, his wife said they had no access to any of that money.

Kelty faces 22 charges, many of them felonies including sexual battery, Medicaid fraud, corrupt business influence and over-prescribing prescription painkillers to pregnant women. His office was raided in February after local pharmacies reported him to the medical board.

He's is also accused of inappropriate pelvic exams and sexual battery. Laughter was heard in court when sexual assault charges were read.

The prosecution said six of his patients fatally overdosed and hundreds of babies were born addicted.

"Anytime you have felonies and sexual abuse we take it seriously and nothing is worth laughing at that prompted heated exchange between prosecution and defense," Otto Schalk, Harrison Co. prosecutor, said.

Kelty's trial is set for November.

"He's been charged with a lot of things he didn't do OK?" said Kelty's attorney, Richard Mattox.

Kelty can still practice medicine but has many restrictions including having a doctor at his side during examinations. He is required to report prescriptions to the medical licensing board bi-monthly.

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