Channel 7 reports the sexual assault case against James Darrell Nesmith, 53, a former UAMS  and Children’s Hospital pediatrician, has been resolved in a  plea bargain that will give him no prison time.

Judge Wendell Griffen sentenced Nesmith under the agreement to five years’ probation and ordered him to surrender his medical license. He also was fined $15,000 and ordered to have no contact with victims. He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual assault,  a Class B felony.


He was arrested in October after a pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church reported that several teens had accused Nesmith of touching their genitals on hikes and during other church-related activities. He was originally accused of molesting four boys, aged 14 to 21, over a period of several years. He stopped working at the hospitals after the charges became public.