A libel and slander suit filed by a man accused of rape has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball.

In 1994, while Robert Davis, a medical doctor formerly practicing in West Valley City, was serving a prison sentence in California for Medicare and insurance fraud committed in Utah, several articles appeared in Utah newspapers quoting a Deborrah Norris accusing Davis of rape.Davis subsequently sued Norris for libel and slander.

In an order issued Aug. 25, 1998, Kimball dismissed Davis' suit, saying, "The defendant had in fact sued Dr. Davis for sexual assault and Dr. Davis had in fact been accused of sexual assault by other women. . . . Davis does not deny this fact in any of his pleadings."