The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation temporarily has suspended the license of a Moline doctor accused of sexually assaulting two patients.
According to the agency's website at idfpr.com, Dr. Norman F. Williams' license temporarily was suspended Aug. 27 "for immoral and unprofessional conduct, to wit: charged with the felony offense of criminal sexual assault of two patients during the course of treatment and/or examination of said patients."
Dr. Williams, 66, of Silvis, was charged Sept. 21 in connection with the events which allegedly happened this year and last year in Moline.
According to the agency's website, a temporary suspension is placed on a licensee when the agency director determines a professional licensee's continuation in practice could constitute an immediate danger to the public.
Professionals may not practice while temporarily suspended. A hearing must be held within 15 days of the suspension.
According to Rock Island County court records, a bond reduction hearing scheduled for Oct. 2 was continued until 3 p.m. Nov. 5.
Dr. Williams posted 10 percent of a $100,000 bond and was released.
According to Moline Police Lt. John Hitchcock, the investigation continues. Anyone with additional information is asked to call police at (309) 524-2158.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.