Dr. Robert Rook Accused of Sexually Assaulting 9 Patients at Conway Clinic
A Conway doctor who was acquited of eight sexual assault counts in June will still face the remaining eight counts of the 16 he was originally charged with. Special Prosecutor Jason Barrett announced on Thursday, November 15 that he would be pursuing the remaining counts against 63-year-old Dr. Robert Rook. Rook was arrested and charged with sexual assault in 2016 for allegedly assaulting nine of his patients at his Conway clinic.
In June, a Faulkner County Circuit Court jury acquitted Rook on eight counts, while a mistrial was declared for the remaining eight counts. The remaining charges include five counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts of third-degree sexual assault.
Rook is scheduled to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court again on March 29.
Legal Recourse For Survivors of Sexual Assault by Doctors
After spending several years as a sex crimes prosecutor, attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com now represents victims of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him for some input into the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by doctors and other medical professionals:
Sexual predators often hold positions of trust and authority over their victims. We see this in cases involving trusted community members like doctors, teachers, and religious leaders. Cases of doctor sexual assault aren’t just traumatic for the victim, they can damage the public trust as a whole. When a doctor sexually assaults their patients, we must make sure that the victims get all of the support they need and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
While the criminal justice system handles the prosecution of sexual predators, victims also have legal rights in the civil court system. In many cases of sexual assault by a medical professional, the victims have grounds for a lawsuit against the perpetrator and/or the facility where the assaults occurred.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a medical professional, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys.