Local physician charged with felony, case sealed

A Marion County man, 60-year-old Lee L. Gibson of Flippin, has been charged with the felony offense of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child.

Fourteenth District Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge confirmed to KTLO, Classic Hits 101.7 and The Boot news Gibson is a physician, although he is not practicing in the Twin Lakes Area.

In an unusual move, Circuit Judge Gordon Webb has sealed the probable cause affidavit and case information at Ethredge's request.

The Order to Seal Affidavit and Information document indicates the record was sealed on the grounds that if released to the public, it could compromise an ongoing investigation. In addition, the release of said information is sensitive, and it is necessary to withhold this information for a short time to ensure the investigations are not impaired.

Gibson entered a not guilty plea to the felony charge in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday via Skype from the Marion County Detention Center.

Online information made available Friday morning through the Administrative Office of the Courts indicates the charge was filed Monday. Online Marion County jail records indicate Gibson was taken into custody early Thursday morning by Arkansas State Police. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $50,000 cash bond. He is ordered to wear an ankle monitor.



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