Local hotel owner indicted for sexual abuse

A local hotel owner has been indicted on sexual abuse and other charges by a Russell County grand jury.

Larry E. Perry, age 72, was indicted on the charges Tuesday, which include sexual abuse third degree, intimidating a participant in the legal process, and tampering with a witness.

At the time of the indictment, Perry was listed as the owner of the Cumberland Lodge in Russell Springs.

Perry was formerly a physician who was stripped of his medical licenses in Kentucky and Tennessee nearly a decade ago after reports that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with five female patients at his practice just across the Kentucky-Tennessee line in Oneida, Tennessee, according to WBNT.

Perry moved his medical practice to Whitley City, Kentucky, and reportedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with three patients there.

He was accused of providing prescriptions in exchange for sexual acts, according to a release from the Tennessee State Government.

Perry denied all allegations against him.

The charges against Perry stem from an incident that occurred in April 2020. The sexual abuse charge is a Class B misdemeanor, while the intimidation of a participant in the legal process and tampering with a witness are both considered Class D felonies.

Indictments are legal accusations. They do not imply guilt or innocence.

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