MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) - A customer at Big Bend Antiques noticed some very strange behavior last fall. A man seated on a couch, visible through the glass windows, could be seen with his shirt pulled up and his pants around his ankles. Police say Roger Schroeder, 63, was fondling himself.
He insists innocent. Dr. Roger A. Schroeder of Jerseyville, Illinois said, “It was an inadvertent accidental exposure there was no intent whatsoever I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Schroeder said he was not in the window, that he was tucking in his shirt at the store when the exposure occurred and a man saw it. The doctor added, “I tried to explain to him what happened and he wouldn’t listen he got more carried away hollered to call the police.”
Several years ago Dr. Schroeder went on trial in Jersey County for allegedly sexually abusing some female patients. Dr. Schroeder said, “It was false, it was for money, charges were false.”
He was found not guilty and his record was expunged. Still Jersey Community Hospital took away his privileges. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation put the doctor and his license on probation.
About two years ago Boyd Memorial Hospital in Carrolton, Illinois, a rural community, extended privileges to Dr. Schroeder. Deborah Campbell is in charge of the hospital, “When you have a physician found not guilty do you throw him away because we have trouble finding physicians.”
Wednesday the hospital suspended his privileges until they complete an investigation into what happened in Maplewood. Schroeder is still working at his office across the street. During the last trial he was advised not to talk to reporters. He’s talking this time, “This time I’m not going to stay quiet I’m going to defend myself.”
The state put the doctor on probation about a decade ago. One worker told me he hasn’t completed undisclosed requirements to remove probation. Dr. Schroeder tells FOX 2 that it’s all about filling out lots of paperwork which he intends to do. Illinois doctors can continue to work while on probation.