(11/02/2012)
West Virginia State Police have arrested a Roane County physician connected to abuse of an elderly man, police saying Dr. Kenneth Seen, 51, inserted his tongue in the man's mouth.

Sgt. Fred Hammack of the Spencer Detachment told media during the investigation he discovered that a significant portion of Dr. Seen's tongue had been bitten off.

Seen has been charged with battery connected to the incident.

State Police say Seen was caring for a 77-year-old man who had dementia, Parkinson's, and a broken hip when he stuck his tongue in his mouth.

Police said through an investigation and search warrants, it was revealed that Dr. Seen's account of events could not have happened.

According to Sgt. Hammack, the only way Seen's tongue could have been bitten is if Seen had stuck his tongue in the patient's mouth.

WCHS-TV reported the alleged victim's daughter, Yvonne Wright says her father John Shaffer lost his will to live following this incident and died just this past Friday.

State police believe this incident was sexual in nature, but could only charge Seen with battery because there are no guidelines for this type of incident, according to WCHS-TV.

Police say that Dr. Seen is also a pastor in Roane County.

Police also say Seen physically assaulted a 14-year-old boy at his church, and has been charged with child abuse with risk or injury.

In a separate complaint filed by the parent of a child who attends Seen's Christian Society of Roane County, Seen was accused of repeatedly striking a child in the back after the child did not comply with something Seen asked him to do.

Seen is in Central Regional Jail.

Dr. Seen's sons were sentenced this year related to charges of possessing child pornography.

25-year-old Adam K. Seen, a former computer technician for Roane County schools, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

His brother, 23-year-old Jacob Seen, was also sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on a child porn charge.

Both men admitted that on December 3, 2009, they possessed more than 600 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexual conduct.

Jacob Seen admitted his collection included a video of a prepubescent minor involved in a sadistic or masochistic act or in sexual violence.

Adam Seen worked as an information technology specialist for Roane County schools before his arrest in 2009.


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