Sex assault trial of Wis. pediatrician opens

CREATED Jan. 21, 2014

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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.