Local doctor’s license suspended following child porn charges

The medical license of a local doctor has been suspended following accusations against him in a child pornography case. According to Andy Davis of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas State Medical Board voted in a conference call meeting Friday to suspend the license of 60-year-old Lee Gibson of Flippin pending a hearing.

Gibson was arrested February 1st and charged with the felony offense of distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. He was released later that afternoon after posting a $50,000 cash bond, and he is ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

In an unusual move, Circuit Judge Gordon Webb sealed the probable cause affidavit and case information at the request of 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Ethredge.

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 via Skype from the Marion County Detention Center.

Medical board attorney Kevin O'Dwyer says it normally allows doctors facing criminal charges to postpone hearings on their licenses until the charges are resolved, but in the meantime, the doctors' licenses remain suspended. O'Dwyer adds the licensing boards in Missouri and Oklahoma have also been notified of the Arkansas board's actions.

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