Dentist found guilty after pulling patient's tooth out while riding hoverboard
A dentist has been found guilty of pulling out a patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard.
The incident took place in Anchorage, Alaska in 2016, and it resulted in 34-year-old Seth Lookhart being convicted on 34 counts. This included reckless endangerment, illegally practicing dentistry and medical assistance fraud.
Check out the bizarre footage below:
The victim, Veronica Wilhelm, was sedated at the time, and while Lookhart was removing her tooth, he was on a hoverboard, KTUU reported as per the Daily Star.
Lookhart filmed the incident and sent the footage to at least eight people, writing that the hoverboard was a "new standard of care".
"I want you to know that as his lawyer, I apologize for what he did on that hoverboard," defense attorney Paul Stockler said.
Lockhart's attorney continued: "It's unacceptable and you can be assured that when I agreed to represent him, I got in his face and told him what I thought about him for doing this, which I think needed to be done."
This was not, however, the 34-year-old's only crime. He also gave his patients the option of expensive intravenous sedation as an alternative to traditional anesthesia.
Lookhart was found guilty after a five-week trial. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton described the evidence against him as "simply overwhelming."
The judge revealed that even the messages on Lookhart's phone were incriminating. He told a friend how he managed to get away with his actions.
"Dr. Lookhart responded, in effect, that unless someone was standing right next to him at the time, no one would ever know," Judge Wolverton wrote.
Wilhelm testified that she did not give her consent for Lookhart to remove her tooth on a hoverboard, as per KTUU.
Prosecutor Joan Wilson asked: "When did Dr. Lookhart get your approval to take out your tooth on a hoverboard?" Wilhelm replied, "He never did. I obviously wouldn't have approved that. That's dangerous."
"If you were awake and not sedated when Dr. Lookhart came into the operatory on a hoverboard, what would you have said to him?" Wilson continued.
"I would've said 'hell no!'," Wilhelm answered. "No, that's unprofessional. It's crazy."
Lockhart will be sentenced for his actions on April 30.