Salem dentist suspended for slapping unruly child patient
SALEM – Authorities suspended the license of a Salem dentist charged with slapping a young patient.
John B. Bassett, 63, of Windham, was given an order of emergency suspension by the Board of Dental Examiners on Aug. 23.
A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10 to determine if the suspension will remain in effect during the simple assault investigation.
Bassett turned himself in to police Aug. 13 and was charged with simple assault after allegedly slapping an 8-year-old patient on the back.
The incident occurred May 18 at Bassett’s office on Stiles Road in Salem, according to police. The boy’s mother brought him to the office for a follow-up appointment. The boy allegedly touched some glass jars, opened one and started removing gauze.
Bassett allegedly yelled “We don’t do that here!” before slapping the boy on the back with his open hand, according to a statement from the boy’s mother. She left the office and discovered a large red welt in the shape of a hand, according to police.
The mother photographed the injury before reporting the incident to police.
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