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UPDATE: Doctor acquitted on 14 counts; mistrial declared

UPDATED Thursday, February 6, 2014 --- 8:30 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- An Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting male patients during exams has been acquitted on 14 of 16 counts at this trial.

The Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1gRC4Kx) reports the jury was hung on the other two counts against Dr. David Van de Loo, and a mistrial was declared.

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.

Prosecutors alleged that the contact Van de Loo had with his male patients amounted to sexual assault.

Defense attorneys countered that 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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UPDATED Wednesday, February 5, 2014 --- 8:20 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- Jurors have deliberated a second day without reaching a verdict in the trial of an Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting male patients during medical exams.

The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for 10 hours Wednesday before asking the judge if they could go home for the day.

The Leader-Telegram reports Judge Michael Schumacher dismissed jurors and instructed them to return to their deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Jurors got the case of Dr. David Van de Loo on Tuesday and deliberated two hours on the first day.

Van de Loo is facing 16 charges that include multiple child sex assault counts. He maintains there were legitimate medical reasons for the exams.

The trial was moved from Eau Claire to Superior because of pre-trial publicity.

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UPDATED Friday, January 31, 2014 --- 6:14 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin pediatrician accused of sexual assault has taken the witness stand to defend the medical exams he gave to male patients.

Dr. David Van de Loo of Eau Claire described his education and professional standing for the jury Friday.

Van de Loo maintains there were legitimate medical reasons for all genital checks he performed on his patients.

But WDIO-TV reports Van de Loo testified there was one exam that left a patient upset. The doctor says he should have talked to the patient and should have called his parents.

Prosecutors contend Van de Loo had no medical reason to touch the 15 male juvenile patients' genitals. The 61-year-old faces 16 sexual assault-related felony charges.

The trial was moved from Eau Claire County to Douglas County because of pre-trial publicity.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 23, 2014 --- 9:50 a.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- A boy examined by an Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexual assault has testified he felt uncomfortable and embarrassed during his physical exam by the doctor.

The 17-year-old was the first prosecution witness to testify during Dr. David Van de Loo's trial in Douglas County Circuit Court. The teen testified that Van de Loo touched his penis three times for a total of 30 minutes during the exam in 2012. The boy's mother and stepfather went to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire to confront Van de Loo after learning of the incident.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports the boy's mother testified Wednesday that Van de Loo told them he was checking the teen for a medical condition.

The 61-year-old doctor faces 16 sexual assault-related felony charges involving 15 former juvenile male patients.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 5:52 p.m.

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors contend an Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting 15 male juvenile patients had no medical reason to touch the boys' genitals.

Jurors heard opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Dr. David Van de Loo.

Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King told jurors that Van de Loo's touching of the boys' penises was sexual assault.

Defense attorney Rich White argued that testimony will show Van de Loo "was performing legitimate medical procedures that were sensitive to adolescents but were never, ever sexually based."

Twelve jurors and four alternates were selected Tuesday. The Leader-Telegram reports testimony begins Wednesday.

The longtime adolescent and sports medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire was fired on Sept. 12, 2012, after allegations of sexual assault surfaced.

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 5, 2012 --- 6:47 p.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- A lawsuit alleges a pediatrician sexually abused a man while he was a patient at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Attorneys for the former Eau Claire man filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It alleges that Dr. David Van de Loo sexually abused the man while he was a patient at the clinic from 2004 to 2011.

The man is now 21 and living in Minnesota. He is identified as John Doe 24 to protect his identity.

Van de Loo was charged in October with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old male patient. The clinic terminated Van de Loo on Sept. 12.

Mayo Clinic Health System says it has not had a chance to review the lawsuit.

Van de Loo says he has not heard of the lawsuit and had no comment.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 --- 7:15p.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- An Eau Claire pediatrician is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old male patient.

Prosecutors have charged Dr. David Van de Loo with second-degree sexual assault and exposing himself. Authorities began an investigation Aug. 31 after the boy's parents told police their son was sexually assaulted during a medical exam at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. The health care provider says Van de Loo was terminated Sept. 12.

The Leader-Telegram (http://bit.ly/UNRDYx ) reports Van de Loo was released on a $10,000 signature bond Thursday. As a condition of bond, the 60-year-old cannot have unsupervised contact with children other than his own.

In court, defense attorney Rich White said Van de Loo may have used poor judgment, but is innocent of sexual assault.

Van de Loo returns to court Oct. 29.

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Information from: Leader-Telegram, http://www.leadertelegram.com/

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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