Ob/gyn Becton sentenced in video voyeurism case. | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ob/gyn Becton sentenced in video voyeurism case.

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge Dr. Paul Becton, sentenced to 36 months on four charges of video voyerism.
  • Dr. Paul Becton, sentenced to 36 months on four charges of video voyerism.

Obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Paul Becton of Paragould, who was arrested a year ago by State Police after a patient alleged he took a cellphone picture of her during an examination without her consent, has been sentenced to 36 months on four charges of video voyeurism, a Class D felony. The four sentences are to run concurrently.

Becton, 69, who operated the Becton Women's Clinic in Paragould, entered his guilty plea this morning in Greene County Circuit Court. He was ordered to register as a sex offender.

A news release issued by 2nd District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington (full version on the jump) said, "The patient became suspicious after the examination that she may have been photographed and reported her concern to the Paragould Police Department. Paragould police requested assistance from the Arkansas State Police, which took over the investigation and executed a search warrant finding evidence on Becton’s iPhone corroborating the patient’s complaint. Greene County District Judge Dan Stidham subsequently issued warrants for Becton’s arrest. Stidham ordered a $500,000 bond after the doctor was discovered in a Newport, Arkansas hotel, approximately sixty-five miles from Paragould, on April 16, 2014 by Arkansas State Police investigators tracking his cell phone signal."

The other charges were filed based on what was found on Becton's phone.

Becton grew up in Little Rock and played football for Hall High School before attending Baylor University on a football scholarship. He played pro ball briefly.

FORMER PARAGOULD OBGYN DR. PAUL BECTON SENTENCED TO PRISON


PARAGOULD, Ark. – Scott Ellington, District Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Arkansas, announces today the thirty–six month prison sentence of Dr. Paul Becton, a former Paragould OBGYN, on charges of video voyeurism involving former female patients of his at the Becton Women’s Clinic in Paragould.
Ellington said that Becton, age 69, will serve the sentence in the Arkansas Department of Corrections after entering guilty pleas Wednesday morning before Circuit Judge Barbara Halsey in Greene County Circuit Court. Becton was ordered to register as a sex offender following his release from prison and fulfill all requirements under the Sex Offender Registration Act.

The prosecutor said that the victims approved of Becton’s sentence to avoid having to share their stories in open court.

“Dr. Becton will never practice medicine again and will be under law enforcement supervision as a registered sex offender for the rest of his life,” Ellington said. “We are satisfied that justice has been obtained for our community.”

Ellington commended the Arkansas State Police and Paragould Police Department criminal investigators for their diligent efforts in the Becton case.

“In each and every case they investigate, these officers leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of justice for victims of crime,” Ellington said. “Their efforts in this in the investigation of this matter were certainly no different.”
Ellington credited Greene County Deputy Prosecutors Robert F. Thompson, Adam Butler, and Kimberly Dale for their hard work on the investigation and resolution of the case.

History of the case:

On April 15, 2014, Ellington authorized the Arkansas State Police to seek a warrant for Becton’s arrest on allegations by a female patient that the doctor took nude photographs of her with his cell phone during an examination without her consent, permission, or approval. The patient became suspicious after the examination that she may have been photographed and reported her concern to the Paragould Police Department. Paragould police requested assistance from the Arkansas State Police, which took over the investigation and executed a search warrant finding evidence on Becton’s iPhone corroborating the patient’s complaint.

Greene County District Judge Dan Stidham subsequently issued warrants for Becton’s arrest. Stidham ordered a $500,000 bond after the doctor was discovered in a Newport, Arkansas hotel, approximately sixty-five miles from Paragould, on April 16, 2014 by Arkansas State Police investigators tracking his cell phone signal.
As a physician, Becton specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, and he formerly maintained the Becton Women’s Clinic, a private OBGYN practice in Paragould, prior to his arrest.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (9)

Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-9 of 9

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Fountain Fest sculpture reveal tonight at the Arts Center

    You'll have to go to the Arkansas Arts Center's Fountain Fest tonight to see how Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects' winning sketch was carried out as the temporary sculpture in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain. The party, with food, drink and music, gets going at 5:30 p.m.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • Blue Canoe to open new brewing and gaming space

    Blue Canoe Brewing Co. is opening a 20,000-square-foot brewing and gaming space at 1637 E. 15th St., the old PC Hardware warehouse. Macie Fellows, who described herself as a “brand ambassador,” said the space, which Blue Canoe has remodeled “from the ground up,” will be Blue Canoe’s primary brewery.
    • Oct 11, 2017
  • Apartment project announced for SoMa

    The Lasiter Group announced today that it will build a 35-unit apartment complex in the 1300 block of Scott Street called the Villa View. The development, on the west side of Scott, will face the historic Villa Marre. The project should be complete by the end of 2018.
    • Oct 6, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • Hospitality, restaurant groups oppose bathroom bill

    Add the restaurant and hospitality association to those opposed to Sen. Linda Collins-Smith's bill to keep transgender people out of public restrooms that match their gender identity.
    • Mar 16, 2017
  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation