Opinion: More Bad News on Tap for Marshall’s Shaun Kelehan

By George Smith  — October 15, 2021

Shaun Bobbi Kelehan of Marshall has not had a good couple of years.

The former Marshall doctor and former owner of Marshall’s Access Family Health clinic on Alamo Boulevard surrendered his medical license earlier this year rather than having the state Medical Board revoke it foe cause. He was also an owner and a physician at a clinic in Longview; additionally, he is a partner in clinics in Tyler and the Austin area. Access Family Health was an expanding network of boutique health clinics throughout Texas before being sold earlier this year.

In rapid-fire order in the last four years, Kelehan:

*  Was hit with a 2017 criminal investigation by the Marshall Police Department that found evidence of sexual assault and improper use of medication on a patient. Despite video and audio evidence in which he admitted the acts, Kelehan was no-billed on any charges by a Gregg County grand jury (with  special prosecutor after Harrison County Prosecutor Coke Solomon recused himself, citing he was a patient of Kelehan. The audio and video confessions were not played for the grand jury; special prosecutor ——– of Longview said he “jury did not request they be played.”

*  Had his practice of medicine drastically curtailed by the medical board, including an order that stated he could no longer administer medical treatment to male patients; could not prescribe prescription drugs to male patients; doctor’s Physician Assistants (PA) at his clinics could not see male patients; female patients can only be seen at his clinics; and he could not provide telemedicine sessions.

*  Was the main subject of a front-page investigative story in the Austin American-Statesman about patient abuse by Texas doctors.

*  Was informed with the revelation that a second alleged victim to sexual assault had complained, which prompted the medical board to schedule a second disciplinary hearing.

*  Abruptly volunteered to surrender his medical license; the board accepted his resignation without comment.

And,

*  Announced his retirement and that his entire business interests had been sold.

 His troubles did not end there.

 On October 1, Dallas attorney Mark Perrin with The Perrin Law Firm in Dallas filed a civil suit in Harrison County (District 7 Court) alleging Kelehan deliberately over-medicated and sexually abused former Marshall resident Steven Trey Wood.

Wood is seeking monetary damages in “excess of $1 million.” Additionally, the suit requests Wood receive “exemplary damages, costs of suit, prejudgment interest at the maximum rate allowed by law”, plus “other and further relief…to which Plaintiff shows himself entitled.”

A request for comment from Kelehan was emailed but no response was received by deadline.

Wood, a former outstanding Marshall High School athlete, is an admitted alcoholic and drug abuser, spent two years in the Texas penal system for robbing a drug dealer, and has been in detox and rehab facilities numerous times.

The allegations in the lawsuit include:

*  On at least two occasions, according to statements from the alleged victim, and from videotapes of Kelehan, the former doctor “rendered Wood unconscious with the express intent or having sexual relations”.  In one of the alleged attacks, according to the prior testimony, Woods “woke up” to find Kelehan’s penis in his mouth.  (Note: The attacks allegedly occurred at Dr. Kelehan’s residence at 303 Henley Perry Drive and at his guest house, the historic Trammel’s Trace log cabin, which is adjacent to the residence. The cabin, the oldest house in Harrison County, received the first Texas historical building medallion in the county in 1962, and in 1965 received a Texas Historical Marker.)

*  That Kelehan, despite having a personal and professional relationship with Wood, and knowing his dependence on drugs, provided him with narcotics, opiates and benezodiaszepines (anti-anxiety). The lawsuit charges that Kelehan “enabled” and ‘exacerbated” Wood’s addiction.

*  Wood was provided drugs through prescriptions and sometimes “without a prescription”, with some coming from a “container in (Kelehan’s) home that contained medications that had been returned by patients.

*  Kelehan’s providing drugs to Wood “took an even more nefarious turn”, including two occasions the former doctor drugged Wood with Seroquel (sleeping agent), Librium (anti-anxiety and acute alcohol withdrawal) and/or Klonopin” (sleeping agent). The suit emphatically asserts Kelehan administered the  prescription medication without a prescription and  “with full knowledge” of Wood’s drug addiction and what affect the drugs would have on him, (and) that he gave Wood “the drugs for the purpose of incapacitating him.”

*  After giving the drugs to Wood, Kelehan sexually assaulted him in his guest house. In the audio and video recordings Wood obtained following a request by the Marshall police investigator, Kellehan admitted to the sexual encounter, plus another nonconsensual earlier sexual encounter to which  Wood has testified he did not remember.

*  Kelehan “took steps to fraudulently conceal wrongful actions” from Wood.

*  The lawsuit also alleges Kelehan’s former company Access Family Health is also responsible for the abuse charged by Wood as the company “failed to properly supervise or train” Kelehan.

And, there is still more to the story.

A reporter, attempting to get a copy of the filed lawsuit made six calls to the Harrison County Courthouse, including to the office of District Judge Brad Morin, District Clerk Sherry Griffis and District Attorney Reid McCain.

 In succession, the reporter was told: 1. The case was sealed; 2. contact the district attorney; 3. the case could not be located; 4. a deputy clerk would check with the clerk and call back; 5. the deputy called and said the “case being sealed was a mistake” and it was unsealed and ready for viewing. (The reporter had already received an email copy from the Perrin Law Firm.)

The reporter, having covered court cases for more than 40 years asked or stated at each juncture of the find-the-case hunt:

“Who sealed the case?”

“Why was it sealed?”

“The plaintiff’s attorney did not know it was sealed. How could that be?”

“What does the district attorney have to do with a civil case?”

“How can a case be accidentally sealed? Doesn’t a judge have to perform that function?”

No answers to any of the questions were obtained.

The case was filed in the district clerk’s office at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, and acknowledged as received by Giffis.

 And, the criminal part of the story may not be over.

 An investigation of Woods’ complaint against Kelehan, based on the series of unusual legal twists and turns of the case, is continuing, according to a state law enforcement official. The official, who requested anonymity due to an “ongoing investigation”, said criminal charges could still be filed in the case, or, based on the events that transpired in this case, it could be taken to a grand jury.”

 The official said, “You have a police investigation, which ended up in charges being filed; you have confessions, on both audio and video; you have a grand jury no-billing a case in which the jurors did not get all the pertinent information, via a decision by the special prosecutor.

“Then,” the official said, “you have a sealed civil suit that no one seems to know about, including the plaintiff’s attorney, and after a question pops up about the case, it’s magically no longer sealed.

“These events could lead to a reopening and expansion of the original case.”

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