Doctor's past probed after rape accusations

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Alabama want to find out if a pediatrician who is accused of raping a teenage patient had prior problems in Illinois, Connecticut and Tennessee, where he previously worked.

Dr. Michael Roy Sharpe remained held on $1 million bond in the Marshall County Jail Friday.

Heath Thomas of the Marshall County Sheriff's Department said the victim is a 15-year-old girl who was a patient at Sharpe's Child Life Pediatrics practice in Albertville.

Thomas said the 63-year-old Sharpe is charged with three counts of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and possession of pornography.

He said the alleged rapes occurred on three occasions beginning when the patient was 14.

Police are asking any possible victims in other states where he worked to come forward.

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