Arkansas gynecologist took nude photos of patients, police say
POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 3:04pm
Benton County, Ark. (5NEWS KFSM) -- The former Benton County doctor who was sought by police after allegedly taking nude photographs of several patients has been arrested and appeared Thursday in front of a judge in eastern Arkansas, according to prosecutors.
Paul Becton, 68, appeared in front of a Greene County District Court judge for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon. He was arrested Wednesday night at a motel in Newport, about 65 miles from Paragould, the site of his current medical practice, according to Second Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington's office.
Becton's bond was set at $500,000, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Office.
Becton faces five counts of video voyeurism, a Class D felony. Becton practiced medicine in Rogers and Bentonville from 1984 to 2007, including at the Rogers Clinic For Women and Pinnacle Women's Healthcare, Inc., in Rogers, according to Becton's website.
Arkansas State Police began investigating Becton following allegations he took nude photographs of a female patient during an OBGYN examination without her consent, Ellington said.
"The patient became suspicious after the examination that she may have been photographed and reported her concern to the Paragould Police Department," according to the prosecutor's statement.
The patient told police she was being examined by Becton on April 1 when he took out his cell phone and took photographs of her pubic area and buttocks, according to an arrest warrant.
State police seized Becton's phone April 10 and found "numerous images of nude females that appear to have been taken in a medical office during medical examinations," the warrant states.
Police conferred with the prosecutor's office and determined the patients had their photographs taken without their knowledge or consent, according to the arrest warrant.
Paragould police requested assistance from state police, who took over the investigation.
The prosecutor said the Arkansas Medical Board has been notified of the allegation, and the doctor has not seen any patients this week.