A Conway doctor pleaded not guilty to 21 additional sex-crime allegations Monday after a special prosecutor filed more charges against him last week.
Robert Rook, 60, was initially charged in June with three counts each of rape and second-degree sexual assault. Jason Barrett, special prosecutor, filed additional charges Sept. 22 following an extended investigation.
Additional charges included 12 counts of rape, 14 counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree sexual assault. Barrett filed a corrected list of amended charges Monday, noting a previous document filed Sept. 22 incorrectly listed a second-degree sexual assault charge as rape.
Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. also agreed to set a suppression hearing in December.
Defense Attorney Patrick Benca requested Clawson suppress "any and all illegally obtained evidence and any statements made by the defendant herein," according to court documents.
Clawson scheduled a December suppression hearing after Benca said he estimated the hearing would last about an hour.
Rook is currently free on a $225,000 bond and is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Dec. 2.
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