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Patients react to Paragould OBGYN's arrest warrant

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Police are still trying to find Dr. Paul Becton, Jr., the Paragould OBGYN accused of taking nude photos of his patients.

"He didn't seem creepy or anything like that. He was just a different character to me," Dr. Becton's patient Nicole Vance said. "He never really looked at me a lot. He would always look down, didn't seem too interested. It's just one of those feelings you get, you know?"

Becton Women's Clinic employees said the clinic is now closed. Patients can still come in Thursday to collect their medical records, but employees said they do not know if they will be there after that.

All of Dr. Becton's patients now have to find new doctors.

"It's not something that you want to experience with your baby doctor," Vance said. "You want that to be fun. You want that to be happy. Nobody wants to be around that."

When Vance found out she was pregnant six months ago, many of her friends and family referred her to Dr. Becton. 

"From what I had heard when I was looking for a doctor, he was a good family man, Christian, family man so you never know, I guess," Vance said. 

Now, Vance is six months pregnant and does not have a doctor.

"As soon as this happened, we called around," Vance said. "Now that I'm six months along, it's really hard to find somebody that's going to take me so we're taking that one step at a time."

Many of Becton's patients are in the same situation. 

"I have a friend that's nine months along, she's about to pop and she has twins with him so now she has to switch," Vance said. "I could not imagine what she's going through."

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said if a nurse was present during a patient's exam, that patient is not one of the women in Dr. Becton's photos.

Vance said one of his nurse practitioners always examined her.

"The one time that I met him, he did an abdominal exam, just to make sure everything was okay," Vance said. "But he never did any private exam like that, which I'm really thankful for. I'm sure that was on its way, though, since I'm getting so much further along."

Vance's first private exam with Dr. Becton was next week. 

"So it could have been me next," Vance said.

Her heart goes out to the patients involved, but she is grateful one of them spoke up. 

"I'm glad she caught it and called it in," Vance said. "I'm just glad it never got that far with me."

Dr. Becton's clinic is located inside Arkansas Methodist Medical Center's professional office building. AMMC released a statement on these allegations Wednesday. 

"Though Becton Women's Clinic is part of the medical community of Paragould, it is not affiliated or associated with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center," spokeswoman Shay Willis said in an e-mail. "Questions regarding Dr. Becton or continued care at Becton Women's Clinic should be directed to the clinic. At this time, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center does have coverage in place should an expectant mother present to the Medical Center in labor. The Medical Center is also currently exploring all options available to attempt to fill the gap in coverage for pre-natal and post-delivery care for our community."

On April 1, one of Dr. Becton's patients told the Paragould Police Department that he took pictures of her during an exam. The department then contacted Arkansas State Police.

On April 11, ASP found numerous images of nude females on Becton's phone. Police believe he took the photos during medical exams.

ASP then issued a warrant for his arrest April 14. 

The investigation is still ongoing. 

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