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Court to hear case of doctor whose conviction overturned

January 13, 2020 GMT

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Appeals in the case of a doctor whose conviction on sexual imposition charges of groping some of his female patients was overturned will be heard by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Dr. James Gideon was found guilty in 2018 in Lima Municipal Court on three sexual imposition counts. He was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to register as a sex offender.

The Third District Court of Appeals overturned the conviction because the trial judge rejected a defense motion to suppress statements Gideon made to a medical board investigator. The appellate court determined Gideon’s statements were involuntary due to fear that his medical license would be penalized.

Ohio’s high court agreed to hear appeals from the prosecution and the defense, Lima’s city law director recently told The Lima News

Prosecutors want Gideon’s conviction reinstated, while defense attorney Dennis Belli says he will defend Gideon’s interest in the appellate court’s “favorable” ruling.

The defense also argues that claims it made of other potential errors by the trial court should have been addressed by the appellate court.

Gideon, who has since lost his Ohio medical license, was a rheumatology and internal medicine physician in the northwestern Ohio village of Bluffton.