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Former Eau Claire doctor on trial for alleged child sexual assault

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - A doctor from Eau Claire is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday for allegedly touching 15 young male patients inappropriately.  

The trial of 61-year-old David Van de Loo was moved to Superior after heavy pre-trial publicity in the Eau Claire area about 150 miles away.  

Barring a last-second surprise like a plea deal, the trial is expected to run for three weeks in front of a Douglas County jury.  

The case first came to light in August of 2012, after Van de Loo gave a sports-related physical to a 16-year-old boy -- and he allegedly tried inducing an erection in the youngster three times during the exam.  

Van de Loo was fired in September of 2012 from Eau Claire's Mayo Health System, where he practiced in sports medicine and pediatrics.  

Criminal charges started coming down a month later, and other counts were added later as more alleged victims came forward.

Van de Loo is charged with 17 felony counts of first and second-degree sexual assault, child sex assault, and assaults by a medical employee. He also faces 26 civil suits alleging malpractice by sexual abuse.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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