GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- A petition calling for the medical license of a doctor who once practiced medicine in Grand Junction is getting national attention.
"Dr. King was immediately suspended, pending an investigation, suspended without pay," said Dr. Thomas Tobin, chief medical officer at Community Hospital, where the doctor worked.
At last check, nearly 30,000 people had signed the 'Care 2 Petition' calling for Dr. Barry King's medical license to be revoked.
This uproar came after he used a dye called gentian violet to color a woman's private area purple as a joke while treating a cyst, according to a document filed with the medical board.
"It is just bizarre," said Buffy Lake, a Grand Junction resident. "I would never in a million years dream of something like that happening."
The incident happened in January 2017.
King was ordered to complete community service as an apology to the victim, after pleading guilty to harassment charges.
Those signing the petition are asking the Colorado Medical Board to look more closely at the incident and not allow him to practice medicine.
According to court records, his physician's license is still active from Colorado and it lists his address at the Grand Junction obstetrics and gynecology office, Colorado West Woman Care.
"In my mind, doing that to somebody's personal parts is no different than molesting them," Lake said. "I'm very shocked he has his medical license."
Court records also indicated that King was working in Louisiana, at a military hospital.
We called that hospital and they tell us as of Oct. 31, he no longer works there either, but couldn't tell us why.