Psychiatrist’s license suspended
BY RON SYLVESTER
A Wichita psychiatrist formerly convicted of trying to molest children has had his medical license suspended in connection with charges of making a pipe bomb.
The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts announced Tuesday it had issued an emergency suspension of Timothy P. Gatschet\’s medical license. The board said it suspended Gatschet\’s license based on an investigation by the Ellis County attorney.
Court records show that Gatschet was arrested in April on a charge of criminal use of explosives. Ellis County Attorney Tom Dress told the Hays Daily News that Gatschet had been arrested on suspicion of making a pipe bomb.
It wasn\’t the first time criminal charges put Gatschet\’s license at risk.
Gatschet was convicted in Saline County 10 years ago of three counts of attempted indecent solicitation of a child. Gatschet worked as a psychiatrist consultant at a Salina residential center for boys when he was accused of molesting several young patients.
That conviction prompted the Board of Healing Arts to limit Gatschet\’s license to seeing only geriatric patients in nursing homes.
Gatschet is entitled to a hearing on the temporary order of emergency suspension to determine whether it should remain in effect pending a full hearing.
No hearings have yet been scheduled.