A Chicago prosecutor says that for nearly eight years, police did not utilize DNA evidence in the case against a Chicago-area gynecologist who continued to practice in spite of multiple rape allegations.
At a bond hearing Friday for Dr. Bruce Smith, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Annette Milleville said a rape exam of one alleged victim in 2002 turned up semen, but police didn’t request a DNA sample from Smith.
Milleville says investigators finally secured a DNA sample from Smith this month and the state crime lab determined that Smith’s DNA profile matched the semen.
Smith was charged Thursday with sexual assault and turned himself in to police. His attorney, Bryan Schultz, says he plans to plead not guilty.
Smith worked at several Chicago hospitals before moving his practice to Streator.