A former Mesa County, Colorado gynecologist who dyed a patient’s vagina purple in what he called a “joke” has avoided jail time as part of a plea deal and will be allowed to continue practicing medicine.
On Friday, Dr. Barry W. King, 58 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of harassment as part of a deferred judgment and sentence in connection with the incident. Under the deferred judgment and sentence, his conviction will be dismissed if he doesn’t get into trouble in the next two years.
His former employee who came to him for medical advice after growing concerned that her cancer was back and he conducted a gynecological exam. She discovered a lesion on her vagina and we to him for an exam. During the procedure, he used gentian violet dye on her vagina to turn it purple. He told her it was a joke for her husband, who he did not know well. Because if they had sex, it would turn his penis purple. King also told others in the medical practice of his “joke”, which was considered a violation of her privacy rights.
On Friday, King agreed to the plea, which required him to perform 100 hours of useful public service, write a letter of apology to the victim, and give $500 to the Western Slope Center for Children.
King was allowed to keep his medical license, along with a letter of admonition for “unprofessional conduct”. The medical board required King to take a course on professional boundaries and ethics. King completed the three-day course in June at the University of California, Irvine, and followed up with a daylong seminar in October.
However, King has since moved to Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he is now working as a doctor on a military base. King is mentoring younger doctors on the base.