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CONWAY -- A Faulkner County jury late Tuesday night found a Conway physician innocent of eight counts of sexual assault. The jury could not reach a decision on eight other counts, and the judge declared a mistrial on those counts.

The verdict followed a trial that began just over a week ago and that went to the jury Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Robert Rook, 63, of Conway was charged with six counts of third-degree sexual assault and 10 counts of second-degree sexual assault as a result of allegations by some of his former patients.

Rook testified in his own defense Monday.

In Faulkner County Circuit Court over the last week, jurors heard from Rook's attorney, who argued that accusers had no physical evidence to convict his client but only accounts from behind closed doors.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, said the physician had clearly abused the trust of patients, reportedly telling them to put on gowns that were later at least partially removed without a nurse present. One patient who took the stand said her breasts were fondled during a 2015 visit to Rook's office.

The jury began deliberations about 3:30 p.m.

Metro on 05/23/2018

Print Headline: Doctor cleared of 8 counts; rest mistrial

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  • BEARTRAP919
    May 23, 2018 at 7:59 a.m.

    There is a Tendency to not believe it would take several Years for someone to come forward and report a crime, If there were a Real Crime to start with, The Me Too Movement is sweeping up too many, Maybe Yes it did happen Women.

  • TimberTopper
    May 23, 2018 at 8:42 a.m.

    I bet from here on there will be a nurse present in the exam room.

  • drs01
    May 23, 2018 at 11:47 a.m.

    Stock tip - buy stock in companies that make cameras. They will be everywhere. Police must have them to prove they are not guilty, same for medical staff, doctors, store clerks etc. The whole damn world is eat up with persecuting people. College students, get several cameras so you can have proof you DIDN'T DO what she said you did.

  • AncientUnicorn
    May 23, 2018 at 12:14 p.m.

    Yall are disgusting. Everyone wonders why sexual assault and rape victims don't come forward very willingly. You all in these comments prove why.
    The court cleared him, so I won't speak ill, but it is extremely doubtful in MY MIND that this many people would have come forward if nothing untoward happened.

  • LRDawg
    May 23, 2018 at 12:47 p.m.

    Sex crimes are irrelevant to Arkansans....this is a red state. Republicans say women are raped because they deserved it. I guess that logic applies to these 6 victims also

  • BEARTRAP919
    May 23, 2018 at 1:06 p.m.

    Surely these Accusations would have nothing to do with Easy Money would it?? Many Lives at different times are Ruined by FALSE ACCUSATIONS. Me Too is written all over these Charges, That were recognized by the Jury,

  • Jfish
    May 23, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

    Maybe you have never served on a jury Dawg, they usually take their job very seriously and the burden of proof lies on the prosecution. And as always, you are innocent until proven guilty, hopefully that never changes regardless of who is on trial.

  • MaxCady
    May 23, 2018 at 3:12 p.m.

    Money talks, good ol' boy walks.

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