Arkansas Doc to Patients: ‘Peek-a-Boo! I See You!

Sometimes they look almost respectable

Sometimes they look almost respectable

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.

Never ignore the 'creep-factor'

Never ignore the ‘creep-factor’

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.

Dr Paul Becton

Dr Paul Becton having a very bad day

“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:

http://www.thv11.com/story/news/local/2014/09/03/update-doctor-charged-with-3-more-voyeurism-counts/15029245/

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Our Observations:

“This doctor will never practice medicine again.”

An open note to D.A. Scott Ellington:

Wanna bet?

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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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5 thoughts on “Arkansas Doc to Patients: ‘Peek-a-Boo! I See You!

  1. Ron Slade Sr. says:

    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.

    • Ron –
      I appreciate your experiences and felt pretty much the same, almost from day-one of medical training in San Diego, 30+ years ago.

      On my related site – Paramedic Heretic – the plan is to reveal the exasperation from an EMS perspective.

      By the way, thanks also for the word “totenkopf” which has eluded me until now. Amazing word & symbol.

  2. Charles says:

    Convicted of a sex crime and “will never practice medicine again.” What a naive comment from the D.A! Perhaps in this case, because the doctor is 69 years old, Public Citizen reported a few years back that 40% of doctors disciplined for sexual misconduct return to practice.

  3. S.A. native says:

    You might be interested in this tale of two doctors and ineffectual, inconsistent state medical board discipline:

    http://www.northjersey.com/news/wayne-doctor-loses-license-over-sexual-acts-1.1333458

    • Ron Slade Sr. says:

      It appears that our immigration policy is broken to the point that we accept people no one else would have.

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