New Troubles for Montgomery Surgeon Charged with Sex Abuse

There are serious new problems for a Montgomery surgeon already charged with a crime.

Dr. Jeffrey Seitzinger stands accused of sexually abusing and harrassing his longtime office manager. And now, Seitzinger's professional life has taken a huge hit.

Sources close to an investigation at Baptist East Hospital tell WSFA the hospital board has revoked Seitzinger's priveleges to practice. We are told board members called Seitzinger into a meeting this morning, concerned about his mental state. There was some discussion about comments he made to staffers in the operating room that caused those concerns. That's why the hospital revoked Seitzinger's priveleges.

WSFA reporter Chris Holmes spoke with a Baptist Health spokesperson, who would not elaborate on what happened today, but she issued the following statement:

"Whenever there are concerns raised or actions taken against a physician or employee, Baptist Health sets in motion appropriate measures to ensure the concern is investigated and actions are taken to provide a safe environment for our patients, physicians and staff."

WSFA tried to contact Dr. Seitzinger to get his side of the story. No one answered the phone at his office late Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Seitzinger faces up to ten years in jail on the sexual abuse charge and up to a year for indecent exposure. He also faces a civil suit on the incident with his office manager.