CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A jury has found a central Arkansas doctor not guilty of eight counts of sexual assault.
A judge has also declared a mistrial on eight other sexual assault counts against Dr. Robert Rook after the Faulkner County jury couldn’t reach a decision on those charges.
The Tuesday verdict comes after the 63-year-old Conway physician was accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women. Two former patients testified that Rook fondled them under the guise of a breast exam they didn’t request. Another testified Rook behaved inappropriately during breast and pelvic exams.
Rook’s attorney argued that accusers didn’t have physical evidence to convict the physician.
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Prosecutor Jason Barrett says he plans “to talk with the victims, whose counts are still viable” and later determine how to proceed.