Doctor acquitted on 14 counts; mistrial declared
Updated On: Feb 06 2014 08:51:55 PM CST
An Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting male patients during exams has been acquitted on 14 of 16 counts.
The Leader-Telegram reports the jury was hung on the other two counts against Dr. David Van de Loo, and a mistrial was declared.
Defense attorney Rich White says Van de Loo was vindicated. Prosecutor Gary King had no comment Thursday night on how he would proceed.
Van de Loo was accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with 15 juvenile male patients while working at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Defense attorneys argued the contact was nothing more than a medical procedure.
Mayo fired Van de Loo in September 2012 after the allegations surfaced.
The trial was moved from Eau Claire to Superior because of pre-trial publicity.
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