Trial begins for Ill. ex-doc accused of fondling

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JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — A Jersey County trial is under way for a former obstetrician and gynecologist accused of sedating and sexually abusing patients.

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. — A Jersey County trial is under way for a former obstetrician and gynecologist accused of sedating and sexually abusing patients.

Grand jurors indicted 56-year-old Roger Schroeder in May 2006, accusing him of sexually abusing and drugging a female patient during her hospitalization four months earlier.

A similar case later was added, and both cases will be combined in the one trial that began Monday in Jerseyville.

Schroeder is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery and criminal sexual abuse.

He had offices in Jersey Community Hospital but no longer practices medicine.

He is free on bond.

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