The formerly licensed medical doctor sat before mostly strangers, crying.
His lawyer asked him the most serious question of his reinstatement hearing.
What happened to you as a child?
Dr. Gregory Keith Morton III took a drink of water, tears rolling down his face, before he found the words to answer.
“The hardest thing to do is to admit when you're abused,” Morton said. “And I was, and that was one of the hardest things for me to let go of and admit to. That's why all these years I tried to help myself. I couldn't help myself because I was in denial, but (therapy) helped me understand that.
After an emotional hearing, the state medical board denied Morton's request that his medical license be reinstated, citing that it was too soon for them to grant him that privilege.
Last September, the medical board revoked Morton's medical license. Morton practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Lawton until about 2004, when he switched to general practice, according to court records.
There were 11 complaints against Morton involving inappropriate sexual touching and sexual misconduct, according to court records. There were complaints lodged that dated as far back as 1995.
Female patients made complaints, reporting that Morton had inappropriately touched their genitals and breasts, sometimes performing exams without gloves, according to court records.
Other patients reported that Morton had fondled himself through his pants while performing vaginal exams, according to court records.
At the board's Thursday meeting, Morton was requesting that he be allowed to practice medicine in male-only facilities, such as at male prisons or veterans' hospitals, working only with male veterans.
Morton told the board that he did not understand himself until he shared his trauma with the people who were in therapy with him.
“You don't know what it's like when you hurt until you actually hear how other women felt, of the harm that was done, and that's what I needed to help me understand myself, that's what I needed to help me understand that I was broken,” Morton said. “And when those women shared their experiences, and I shared mine, and they didn't judge, they forgave, that's what gave me the strength to find out my problems and understand me. And that's what I needed.”
Morton has been through two sex addiction programs and continues attending support meetings in Oklahoma.
He told the board that, if anything, the experience had helped him understand himself and grow closer to God.
“I am a better person — I am not that same person,” Morton said. “I have worth, I have value and I'm a good doctor.”
In May, the board investigative staff learned that Morton had thrown away about 30 trash bags full of medical records and some VHS tapes of patient procedures.
Morton said the records were from the 1980s and 1990s. He threw them in a trash container after he could no longer afford to keep them in a storage facility. Morton apologized to the board and said he reacted, rather than thinking about his actions.
This impulsive behavior was one of the reasons Randy Sullivan, a special prosecutor for the medical board, said he did not support the board reinstating Morton's medical license.
Sullivan said Morton's reinstatement request was too soon
“The event with the medical records that occurred in May by Dr. Morton's own admission was an impulsive act, much like the acts that came before,” Sullivan said.