A gynecologist who ran into trouble in Colorado for painting a patient’s vagina with purple dye no longer works at Fort Polk, Louisiana, said Maura Fitch, a spokeswoman for Army Medical Command.
- “Dr. Barry W. King, a contract physician, is no longer providing patient services at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital,” Fitch told Task & Purpose.
- The Army first became aware of King’s guilty plea on Oct. 29 and he stopped working at the base hospital two days later, said Fitch, who did not specify whether King had been fired or if he left voluntarily. She referred questions about whether King had been terminated to his employer, Logzone Inc.
- A man who answered the phone at Logzone told Task & Purpose that King doesn’t work there anymore, but he declined to provide any further information. The man refused to provide his name.
- On Oct. 26, King pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in connection with the purple dye incident, which he called a “joke,” The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado, first reported. Under a plea deal reached with prosecutors, King will keep his medical license and his conviction will be dismissed if he does not break the law in the next two years.
- King could not be reached for comment by deadline.
- “Our soldiers and family members expect Army Medicine to maintain the medical profession’s highest ethical standards, and Army Medicine works diligently on a daily basis to ensure those standards are met,” Fitch said.