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Neurologist accused of fondling patients testifies in his defense

Robert Woody testified in his defense during his trial on Jan. 11, 2018. (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)

Robert Woody took to the stand in after multiple witnesses accused him of fondling them during physical exams.

Woody admitted checking genitalia was not a common practice in neurological exams; regardless, he said he did perform genitalia examinations on his accusers.

Woody got emotional when describing an encounter with a teenage patient who had prosthetic genitalia after an attack as a child.

“He stood up and we both hugged. This had been a traumatic hour for the both of us, and I kissed him on the side of the head,” said Woody.

Woody says hugging and kissing that patient was an "expression of sympathy" and not sexual.

He also became emotional when speaking about closing his practice in 2016.

Thursday morning, he addressed each accuser's allegations one by one.

The neurologist admitted that with some patients, he did ask sexually related questions as part of the medical examinations.

For other patients, Woody said he did perform an examination of the genitalia.

Woody also admitted to sometimes developing friendships, and nothing more, with patients, but didn't feel that impacted his work.

Additionally, Woody answered questions about his sexual orientation.

“Are you gay, man?" asked a defense attorney.

Woody replied, “I am."

“How does that affect your ability to be a doctor?" asked the defense attorney.

“I'm not aware it does. I've never had a patient ask me if I was gay, and I've taken care of gay and not gay patients, I think, equally,” said Woody.

Final arguments continue Friday.

The trial continues, follow @ClaudiaKFOX_CBS for live tweets from in the courtroom.


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