Exclusive: Fmr. patients of Ind. OB-GYN claim sexual abuse


by WHAS11


Posted on February 26, 2013 at 11:44 AM

(WHAS11) -- Dr. Paul Kelty is under investigation by the state attorney general's office and county prosecutor. Kelty has not been arrested but charges are expected in coming weeks. Two former patients are tell WHAS11 that they were victims of sexual abuse.

"Whenever he gives you your breast exams he breathes hard and totally makes you feel uncomfortable," this is how one patient describe her visit to Dr. Paul Kelty in 2010. She said she left feeling shamed and embarrassed.
"When I had stomach pains, he like grazed my crotch. He said where does it hurt at? I said not there when he grazed my crotch area," the anonymous patient said.

"He would drop my pants down and rub on my tattoo. Whenever I would get my breast exams, I have a small tattoo on my breast, he would rub my tattoo talking about it," a second anonymous former patient said.

"Since 2008 alone six of Dr. Kelty's patients who have been receiving controlled substances have fatally overdosed," J. Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor said.

The State Attorney General's Office noticed a high number of prescriptions written by Dr. Kelty. Investigators removed boxes of evidence from his Corydon office on Friday.

An affidavit contains detailed information on the search warrant. The prosecutor says Dr. Kelty may have prescribed a cocktail of painkillers to pregnant women that is eight times more likely to cause an overdose.

One woman claims this happened to her friend.

"She was getting pain pills from him all the time and today she's addicted to them, she's been in jail for them," the woman told WHAS11.

Longtime patient Carla Thomas had a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Kelty three years ago.

"I would never discount what someone else said happened to them, it was just never my experience, I'm shocked," Thomas said.

Detectives tell WHAS11 the OB-GYN is also suspected of Medicaid fraud.

WHAS11's Gene Kang tried to interview Dr. Kelty to hear his side of the story, but was not allowed his workers.

He may face some serious charges. When asked if it ends up that the doctor is clear, one worker said they would come back and clear his name.

The following statement was released by the Harrison county prosecutor's office:

"Agents from the Attorney General's Office are continuing to comb through the files and computers confiscated from the raid of Dr. Kelty's office. Additionally investigators from both offices will be interviewing people regarding all the allegations against Dr. Kelty that were contained in the search warrant affidavit."

Dr. Kelty has not been arrested or charged. They will determine exact charges in weeks to come.