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Chicago gynecologist convicted of raping patient

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago gynecologist was found guilty Thursday of raping his eight-month pregnant patient while performing an exam on her in his South Side office.

Just a day before, Dr. Bruce Sylvester Smith, 60, took the stand before Cook County Judge Clayton Crane and testified that it was the victim who had made a pass at him and initiated the sexual contact in the Aug. 2, 2002 incident.

Smith said the woman guided him in a sex act.

Sensing her actions were an "overture," Smith said he then had consensual sex with her.

But the jury didn't buy his story. They believed the victim, who had reported the incident to police immediately.

Smith wasn't arrested in the case until 2010, when prosecutors admitted "mistakes were made" as to why Smith's DNA sample was never taken after the woman reported the attack.

Smith's medical license was suspended for nine months in 2009 after several women came forward, accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Ultimately, Smith license was revoked March 29, 2011 for failure to "perform surgical procedures," according to Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Smith was never charged in any other case.

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