Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Indictment Details Charges against Ken Adams, Physician Assistant at Claremore Veterans Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Indictment Details Charges against Ken Adams, Physician Assistant at Claremore Veterans Center

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Ken Adams, the physician assistant at the Claremore Veterans Center, withheld adequate health care of a veteran because he was trying to arrange a sexual liaison and ignored the life-threatening injuries of a World War II veteran last year, causing both men's deaths, documents filed by a multicounty grand jury allege.

Adams was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, both felonies. Adams also faces two counts of caretaker abuse and a misdemeanor charge of failure to initiate a medical/legal investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Prosecutors allege that Adams failed to provide medical care for Jay Minter and Louis Arterberry, both residents of the Claremore center. According to court documents, Adams ignored Minter's thermal injuries and did not provide proper care. In the case of Arterberry, prosecutors claimed that Adams failed to provide medical care because he was attempting to arrange a sexual liaison.

"Instead of examining Louis Arterberry, Kenneth A. Adams was attempting to arrange a sexual liaison thereby causing in an unreasonable risk of harm to a vulnerable adult," according to the indictment.

The charges against Adams were unsealed on Monday at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore.

Adams had worked as a physician assistant at the center. His wife, Cindy, was the facility's administrator. Adams retired in June of 2012. His wife was forced to resign a short time later.

However, though Adams left the Claremore facility, he continued to practice medicine.

Documents obtained by The Journal Record show that Adams' medical license remained valid according to the Oklahoma Medical Board. Just prior to being charged, Adams was working as a physician assistant in Tulsa for Family and Children's Services, a mental health clinic. Tina Wells, the clinic's spokeswoman, said administrators were shocked by the charges.

"We were shocked to learn yesterday evening of the indictment against Kenneth Adams and moved immediately to suspend his employment indefinitely," Wells said in an emailed statement. "Adams was hired in September 2012 to work as a physician's assistant in our outpatient mental health clinic; a pre-employment background check conducted prior to Adams' hiring revealed no concerns or pending charges. …

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