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.