A Streator Illinois physician was convicted this week in the sexual assault of an eight-months pregnant woman nearly 10 years ago.
Doctor Bruce S. Smith, age 60 and a resident of Chicago, was found guilty of two charges of sexual assault in Cook County Circuit Court.
A spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s office, Sally Daly, announced that Smith’s charge of sexually assaulting a pregnant patient during a 2002 pelvic exam, was one of three rapes he is believed to have committed.
Smith operated a clinic called the Cameo Women’s Healthcare in Streator between 2005-2008, which was located in the Medical Arts building across from St. Mary’s Hospital.
The Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation suspended the doctor’s medical license in October, 2009, based on police records of the assault, but failed to do so until after at least four more women reported sexual misconduct, that the department take punitive action against Smith.
During Smith’s time in Streator, he was the subject of four malpractice lawsuits in La Salle County.
Smith is scheduled to be sentenced in February.
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