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      Kirksville doctor facing sex related charges against girls

      A Kirksville physician is in trouble with the law.

      Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson says Dr. Robert Parsonson, 61, of Kirksville, is charged with sex-related crimes involving two girls under the age of 15.

      Parsonson is charged with two counts of First-Degree Statutory Sodomy, one charge of First-Degree Attempted Statutory Sodomy and one count of Attempted Enticement of a Child.

      Court documents state the physician is accused of inappropriately touching one of the girls, and investigators allege that Parsonson exposed himself to the other girl.

      The case came to light when one of the alleged victim's parents notified police.

      Until this week, Dr. Parsonson was working as a primary care physician at Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville, where he had been employed for five years.

      Stacey Hudson, vice president of Human Resources at Preferred, told KTVO Parsonson was fired Wednesday after he was arrested.

      Hudson said the doctor had been suspended without pay this past Monday once the company learned from internal sources about the allegations against Parsonson.

      Officials said the alleged crimes did not happen at Preferred and were not related to his job as a physician.

      Prior to working at Preferred Family Healthcare, Dr. Parsonson had practiced at the former Green Hills Clinic in Kirksville. Before that, he had been a physician in Brookfield.

      Parsonson is currently in custody in an undisclosed location.