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No retrial for doctor accused of inappropriately touching young patient

HOUSTON – A veteran Houston pediatrician, once charged with indecency with a child, received word Thursday affirming an earlier decision that he cannot be put on trial again.

Dr. Robert Yetman has been associated with Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and the University of Texas Health Science Center.

He was charged in 2015, alleging he fondled a 7-year-old patient during an examination in 2014.

The subsequent trial ended in a mistrial with the judge alleging prosecutorial misconduct that included an allegation by one prosecutor that the judge could not be impartial because of her race.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office could appeal the decision handed down by the First Court of Criminal Appeals, but may not under a new administration.

Yetman continues to practice medicine after The Texas Medical Board suspended and later reinstated his medical license.  

"He's extremely happy and he hopes to put an end to this. It's been three years of hell," Yetman's attorney, Stanley Schneider, said Thursday.

On a side note, the prosecutors in the case were among those recently fired by incoming district attorney Kim Ogg.