KTHV – Dr. Paul Becton, the Paragould OBGYN, accused of five (5) counts of voyeurism, appeared in court and entered a not guilty plea Friday, Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial DIstrict of Arkansas said.
Becton appeared before Circuit Judge Brent Davis at the Greene County Courthouse, where he waived formal arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty. Davis set a pre-trial date of September 2 and scheduled jury trial for September 15 before Circuit Judge Barbara Halsey.
An Arkansas State Police investigation by Special Agent Mike Grimes revealed that Becton photographed a patient nude without her knowledge, consent or approval. Becton was arrested April 16 at the Fortune Inn in Newport, some 65 miles from Paragould, after Ellington authorized a warrant for the doctor’s arrest. He appeared before Judge Dan Stidham the next day and was released after posting a $500,000 bond.
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