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Trial begins for Conway doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients

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ROOK: Faces multiple counts of sexual assault.
  • ROOK: Faces multiple counts of sexual assault.

The D-G reports on the trial, which began yesterday in Faulkner County Circuit, of Conway doctor Robert Rook, accused of sexually assaulting ten female patients:

Special prosecutor Jason Barrett outlined accusations made by several female patients who said they were inappropriately touched — often in examinations unrelated to their intended visit.

One such patient, a 30-year-old woman who had called Rook her doctor for about two years, said in filings that her breasts were fondled in a Oct. 12, 2015, visit to his office. She reported the assault three days later to police.

By noon Tuesday, that patient had taken the stand, explaining that visit as well as other less-invasive breast examinations she had in the past from a separate doctor.

“A doctor is supposed to be helping you. I was in denial about what was happening to me,” the 30-year-old said when questioned about why she didn't report the incident immediately.

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