A Jonesboro-area gynecologist has been sent to state prison for 3 years for secretly filming his nude female patients in medical exam rooms.
Doctor Paul Becton, age 69, chose to change his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” in Greene County Circuit Court yesterday, to charges of video voyeurism, after which Circuit Judge Barbara Halsey sentenced him to 36 months in jail, to be served at the Arkansas Department of Corrections. The doctor was also ordered to register as a sex offender and fulfill obligations under the Sex Offender Registration Act.
State investigators testified they discovered many images of naked women on the doctor’s cellphone that appeared to have been taken in a medical office. Becton faced five counts of video voyeurism. He was arrested at a Newport motel and released after posting $500,000 bail and surrendering his passport.
District Attorney Scott Ellington of the Second Judicial District, stated that each of the doctor’s victims agreed to Becton’s brief prison term in order to avoid testifying their experiences in open court.
“This doctor will never practice medicine again. He will be under law enforcement supervision as a registered sex offender for the rest of his life,” Ellington said.
Becton was found responsible for taking nude photos of patients without their knowledge, one of whom was 14 years old. He had provided obstetrics and gynecological services in Arkansas for three decades prior to his arrest last April, operating The Becton Women’s Clinic, located at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
Here’s another take on the case:
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“This doctor will never practice medicine again.”
An open note to D.A. Scott Ellington:
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Reader Ron Slade Sr. commented:
“I well remember when doctors walked the hall of our hospital like so many SS agents. Arrogant and condescending, all they lacked was a riding crop, monocle and totenkopf insignia. Quick to criticise others. They felt themselves above reproach.
A money driven health care system produces these kinds of people, and only fools or cowards defer to them.”
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