Trial starts in Superior for Eau Claire doctor accused of sexual assault of patients

By KBJR News 1

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A high profile trial kicked off in Superior against a prominent Eau Claire doctor charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of children- most former patients of his.

Doctor David Van De Loo, a longtime physician in the Mayo Clinic Health System is facing sixteen felony charges relating to sexual assaults of young patients.

The trial was moved to Douglas County after Van De Loo's attorney, Rich White, filed a change of venue request due to extensive media coverage in Eau Claire.

The allegations first came to light in August of 20-12 after Van De Loo performed a sports physical examination on a 16-year-old boy.
The boy reported the doctor touched his genitals for nearly a half an hour during the examination, in an attempt to arouse him.

The boy reported the doctors actions to his parents, who reported the incident to Mayo officials. Van De Loo was placed on administrative leave the next day and fired less than two weeks later.

Fourteen other boys have come forward claiming Van De Loo sexually assaulted them during physical examinations as well.

A jury of nine men and seven women was selected in Douglas County today that will have to decide whether Van De Loo's actions during exams constituted sexual gratification or were simply part of the medical procedures.

The prosecution and the defense had a chance to make their opening statements in court Tuesday and set the stage for the trial.

"They didn't ask the doctor to touch them like he did. The evidence will show that there was no medical reason for touching those kids in the manner that he did. The evidence will show you that fifteen kids were sexually assaulted," said Prosecutor Gary King.

"the evidence will show you that the government, media and Mayo actions ended up manufacturing what sadly are mistaken memories. and lastly, there is absolutely no evidence of sexual intent in this case," said Van De Loo's defense attorney Rich White.

The trial is expected to last three weeks.

Jurors should expect to hear from nearly one hundred witnesses in that time.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati