An anchorage dentist caught on video extracting a patient’s tooth while riding on a glider was sentenced to 12 years for Medicaid fraud and other crimes.
Seth Lookhart’s antics “almost kill some people,” Alaska Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton said at the verdict Monday.
“And then, after that,” the judge said, “you bragged about it in your texts.”
The 2016 hoverboard stunt, which took place when Lookhart performed a tooth extraction on an anesthetized patient, preceded a broader probe of his practice.
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The 35-year-old dentist was convicted in January of more than 40 charges, including “illegal dental acts,” reckless threats and Medicaid fraud.
Evidence presented in the trial showed that other patients were left unattended while under anesthesia, had breathing and heart complications and in some cases almost died.
Patients also testified that they woke up from anesthesia to discover that Lookhart was working on or removing the wrong teeth or deviating from agreed-upon treatment plans.
The judge said he was particularly struck by several text messages in which Lookhart bragged to friends about his crimes.
Lookhart apologized in court while reading a prepared statement.
“While I have no doubt that I was able to provide care and alleviate the pain of many people who were in severe use, I also know that I could have and should have maintained better discipline and focus while earning a patient base, I was loved, “he said.
His lawyer, Kevin Fitzgerald, pleaded for pleading during the sentencing, saying Lookhart lost his business, faced lawsuits, was the subject of “negative publicity” and was likely to lose his license.
“I know I would be my best self and in return be able to serve my family and community best if I was given the privilege and hope of a renewed lease on life who practiced dentistry and living among those I love. , “Lookhart told the court Monday.
Wolverton sentenced Lookhart to 20 years, but with eight of them suspended.
Fitzgerald said he would ask correctional officials if Lookhart can earn from home with an ankle monitor to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to the NBC-affiliated KTUU in Anchorage.
Legal records show that the dentist was due back in court on December 7, when he was expected to start serving his sentence.