By Chris Edwards
The Texas Medical Board announced last week that it has temporarily suspended the license of Kerry Evans, M.D., following a pair of multiple-count grand jury indictments handed down in June.
The suspension was issued on Wednesday, July 24 by TMB.
Evans, a longtime local physician, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child; multiple counts of both indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure.
He surrendered to Tyler County authorities on June 28 and was booked into the Tyler County Jail. He was subsequently released on bonds.
The news release from TMB, which is the governing body regulating physicians’ practices in the state of Texas, states that the suspension was given “without notice…after determining his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare. The suspension was effective immediately.”
According to a document outlining the TMB’s actions, the board’s by-laws authorize its disciplinary panel to temporarily suspend or restrict the license of anyone who is arrested for the sort of alleged offense with which Evans is charged.
Evans is being represented by Ryan W. Gertz of the Beaumont-based Gertz Law Firm. Gertz released a statement concerning the allegations, which confirms that his client passed polygraph examinations regarding the allegations, and provided his cell phone for forensic analysis, which indicated no evidence of deviant sexual behavior.
In the statement, Gertz alleges “a nasty, multi-year divorce” as the source of the allegations.”
According to the document from TMB, a temporary suspension hearing, with notice, “will be held as soon as practicable with 10 days’ notice to Dr. Evans, unless the hearing is specifically waived by Dr. Evans. The temporary suspension remains in place until the board takes further action.”