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Pinellas County emergency room doctor accused of sexually battering minor

A Pinellas County emergency room doctor has been accused of having sexual contact with a teenage boy in his care on multiple occasions, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Dr. Brian Webster Cook, 50, of 2309 First St. in Indian Rocks Beach, is the physician in charge of emergency care at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

Sheriff's investigators say the sexual encounters involve a victim under age 18.

Deputies withheld teen's name and many specifics about the case to protect the boy's identity. The boy and his family knew Cook, and the boy's mother asked Cook to care for him when she was unable to do so, deputies said.

Cook repeatedly engaged in the sexual activity with the boy between 2009 and 2011, the Sheriff's Office said. Cook was cooperative when confronted with the allegations, deputies said, and he admitted to the sexual activity.

Detectives were first notified about the case on Thursday. Cook was arrested Friday night. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday on three counts of sexual battery on a minor.

Cook has no other arrests in Florida and a clear and active medical license, state records show. No one answered the door at his home Saturday.

Based on their conversation with Cook, detectives believe there may be more victims and ask people with information to call their Crimes Against Children Unit at (727) 582-6200. People can also report anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers of Pinellas, Inc. toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Cook is a former medical director at Morton Plant Hospital's emergency medical facility and owns two walk-in clinics called Statmed Quality Clinics. The clinics are at 2560 North McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater and 1033 West Bay Drive in Largo. People answering the phones Saturday at both locations declined to comment.

Times news researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Reporter Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8804.

Pinellas County emergency room doctor accused of sexually battering minor 11/19/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:27am]
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