Doctor Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A little rock doctor and medical school professor has been arrested on sexual assault charges involving teens. 

James Nesmith turned himself in Tuesday after a months long investigation.

Police say four victims have come forward so far, police say they expect more.

Nesmith was an associate professor of pediatrics at UAMS and practiced as a physician at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

"The alleged incidents occurred a couple different places but mainly they're saying that they occurred at his residence," says Lt. Michael Ford, with Little Rock Police.

Police say four male victims, who were in their teens at the time of the alleged acts, came forward saying Nesmith had inappropriate contact with them stemming from 2000. 

One victim claimed Nesmith would take the boys on hikes, and they would go skinny dipping.  He says Nesmith touched him inappropriately and even fondled himself in front of him on several occasions.  

A spokesperson for Arkansas Children's Hospital says Nesmith has been on leave since May. 

The hospital released a statement regarding the arrest.

"To be clear, these allegations involve volunteer work at a church and do not involve Arkansas Children's patients, Arkansas Children's Hospital or the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

At Arkansas Children's, the safety of the children in our care is our number one priority.  Dr. Nesmith ahs not been a member of the Active Medical Staff since May.

We cannot discuss pending criminal matters, which deserve due process and full cooperation."

According to police the pastor of the church where Nesmith was a mentor, reported to the Child Abuse Hotline in 2015 that there had been allegations of sexual abuse against Nesmith. 

Police say two more victims came forward earlier this year. 


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