Arkansas Medical Board reinstates license of Conway doctor accused of rape

Dr. Robert Rook was arrested on three counts of rape and three counts of second degree sexual assault after an eight-month long investigation. (Courtesy: Faulkner Co. Sheriff's Office)

An Arkansas Medical Board meeting Thursday resulted in the reinstatement of a Conway doctor's medical license amid rape and sexual assault allegations.

Back in June, the Arkansas Medical Board had previously voted to suspend Dr. Robert Rook's license after he was arrested for alleged rape and sexual assault of patients.

On Thursday, the Board decided to reinstate his medical license, with the requirement that he have a witness with him when interacting with patients.

The Board made the decision after no witnesses came forward to testify before them Thursday.

The special prosecutor in the case, Jason Barrett, released the following response following the Board's decision:

I am greatly disappointed with the decision of the Arkansas Medical Board, which determined that Dr. Robert Rook's medical license should be reinstated. In discussions with the board, I made it clear that I would not subject the victims in this case to cross-examination in an administrative proceeding. In fact, because Dr. Rook has been charged with Rape and Sexual Assault, Arkansas law prevents me from releasing their identifying information. These brave individuals were victimized by Dr. Rook once and I was not going to place them in a position where that may happen again.

As the Special Prosecutor in this case, I can say that the victims in these crimes look forward to their day in Faulkner County Circuit Court. At that time, they will tell their story, and, when that occurs, we remain confident that justice will be served. After the criminal trial, I am hopeful that the Medical Board will revisit this decision.

Rooks still faces criminal charges, and that investigation is still ongoing.

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