Rook was allowed to keep his family practice open despite facing multiple criminal charges for rape.
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Decades of complaints that the physician disciplinary system is too lenient on sex-abusing doctors have produced little change in state medical board practices.Across the country, most doctors accused of sexual misconduct avoid a medical license review entirely.Some doctors who are reported to medical boards for sexual misconduct receive reprimands instead of suspensions. G. Eric Nielson, a medical malpractice attorney in Utah, says that's because doctors tend to try to protect other doctors as much as possible. David Spicer, who has represented doctors facing medical board discipline in Florida, says the state's doctor rehabilitation program isn't well designed to evaluate or treat sexual misbehavior.
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