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NEW: Malpractice suits dismissed against arrested doctor

JONESBORO, AR  (KAIT) – A Paragould doctor accused of taking nude photographs of at least one patient is due in court again on May 30, but more information is coming to light after his arrest.

Dr. Paul Becton, Jr., 68, of Paragould was charged with five counts of video voyeurism Thursday in Greene County Circuit Court. He was given a $500,000 bond and was ordered to give up his passport. He was also ordered to stay within the Second Judicial District of Arkansas.

Shortly after a warrant was issued for Becton's arrest, Region 8 News discovered two lawsuits against him for malpractice. The cases were listed on the Administrative Office of the Courts CourtConnect website.

Region 8 News filed a Freedom of Information request for records filed in Benton County Circuit Court for two civil cases. One was filed in 2001. The other case was filed in 2005. Both lawsuits named Becton as a defendant at his medical clinic in Rogers, Arkansas. Both cases were subsequently dismissed.

In 2001, a woman claimed Becton was negligent when performing surgery two years earlier. The woman's claim was dismissed in 2004.

In 2005, a husband and wife filed a malpractice lawsuit, stating Becton failed to oversee a nurse practitioner who burned her with medical equipment during surgery. The case was eventually dismissed.

Becton was arrested Wednesday night in Newport. He is accused of taking nude photographs of a patient after a nurse walked out of the examination room. His accuser has also filed a civil lawsuit. Click here to read more.

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