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Civil lawsuit filed against Mayo Clinic, Dr. Van de Loo


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A civil lawsuit is filed Wednesday against the Eau Claire clinic where a doctor allegedly sexually assaulted a patient.

The suit names the Mayo Clinic Health System and Dr. David Van de Loo. He is already facing criminal charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy while giving him a sports physical this summer.  

Wednesday's lawsuit was filed by lawyers for a 21-year-old Minnesota man, whose name has not been made public. He claims Van de Loo had sexual contact with him at least 10 times during medical exams at the clinic. Those assaults allegedly took place between 2004 and last year. He claims the clinic knew about Van de Loo's alleged misconduct as early as 2007 but that the clinic did nothing about it.  

A Mayo spokeswoman says the first complaint they are aware of was received this summer. She says they are continuing to work with families and Eau Claire police.

Van de Loo will appear in court Tuesday on the previously filed criminal charges.

Statement from Mayo Clinic Health System:

Mayo Clinic Health System is aware of this lawsuit, but we have not been able to review it thoroughly yet. The first complaint we are aware of was received on August 30, 2012. We are not aware of any previous complaints of this nature regarding Dr. Van de Loo. We will investigate any new information thoroughly and continue to work with families and the Eau Claire Police Department on this matter.

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