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Ex-gynecologist in Paragould sentenced for voyeurism

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - A former Paragould gynecologist has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to video voyeurism involving female patients at his clinic.

Prosecutors say 69-year-old Paul Becton was sentenced after pleading guilty Wednesday in Greene County Circuit Court to four charges as part of a plea deal in which four other charges were dismissed. District Attorney Scott Ellington said the victims approved the deal in order to avoid testifying.

Becton was arrested in April 2014 at a Newport motel after authorities said a female patient told police that he used a cellphone to take photos of her during an exam. Arkansas State Police investigators said they found many images of nude women on Becton's cellphone.

Prosecutors eventually charged him in connection with four victims, including one minor.

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