Jury selected for Conway doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients
CONWAY (KATV) —
UPDATE: A jury was selected on Monday for Dr. Robert Rook's trial. The jury selected is made up of seven women and five men, along with four alternates. The jury reports back to court on Tuesday at 9 a.m. for a jury trial expected to last up to two weeks.
On Monday the trial began in the Faulkner County Circuit Court for Dr. Robert Rook, who is accused of sexually assaulting three women at his clinic in Conway.
Last month, Rook's attorney argued they should be able to question witnesses about their medical history as part of the trial. The attorney said the victims' and witnesses' mental health and medical history could affect the credibility of their testimony. The judge ruled against allowing this type of questioning.
Rook was charged in September of 2016 after three women came forward and said they were sexually assaulted while receiving treatment from him at his clinic. He's facing 11 counts of second-degree sexual assault and 10 counts of third-degree sexual assault. When he was initially charged, he faced multiple counts of rape and sexual assault.
Two women said they had exams done by Dr. Rook that seemed odd and inappropriate.
Investigators looked into complaints filed against Rook, and found one with the state medical board by the mother of one of Rook's patients.
The complaint alleged that Rook prescribed the patient Xanax, in exchange for sexual contact.
The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.