Updated: 02/06/2014 10:31 PM
Created: 02/06/2014 7:57 PM WDIO.com
An Eau Claire pediatrician accused of sexually assaulting male patients during exams has been acquitted on 14 of 16 counts at this trial.
The jury deliberated for 22 hours and could not reach a verdict on the other two counts against Dr. David Van de Loo, and the judge declared a mistrial.
"22 hours of agonizing wait culminates in an extreme amount of satisfaction. This was an extremely difficult trial for Dave and his family and you can't describe it any other way than, in the end, Dave was vindicated," said defense attorney Richard White following the verdict.
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. Mayo fired Van de Loo in September 2012 after the allegations surfaced.
Prosecutors alleged that the contact Van de Loo had with his male patients amounted to sexual assault.
"I'll say this, we are extremely disappointed in the verdict. At the same time any time the jury deliberates for 22 hours [shows] there was merit to the case," said Eau Claire District Attorney Gary King.
Defense attorneys countered that the contact was nothing more than a medical procedure.
King would not comment on whether he would seek a retrial on the remaining two charges on which the jury deadlocked.
The trial was moved from Eau Claire to Superior because of pre-trial media coverage.
Van de Loo still faces several civil suits.
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