Doctors are supposed to be trusted professionals who work to help patients. Unfortunately, another case involving a doctor sexually abusing patients has surfaced. Jonathan Gale Robertson faces sexual assault allegations from patients who claim Robertson prescribed narcotics in exchange for performing sexual acts with him.
According to a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services report issued on December 27, 2018, Robertson has been fined $100,000 by the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery members. The members of the board have also revoked his medical license. After the allegations were reported, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs officials processed Robertson’s license suspension.
Two patients spoke with authorities and explained how Robertson would make deals with his female patients. According to reports, one woman was going to Robertson’s practice for pain management for a sore hip and was sexually assaulted multiple times. Robertson would prescribe this woman Dilaudid and Morphine for sexual favors. Another woman told investigators that Robertson forced her to perform sexual acts for a prescription of Suboxone. She also said that after sex, he gave her $200 to pay for medications. Authorities have not found whether or not the assaults occurred at Robertson’s Traverse, Michigan practice.
What Are the Charges?
The case initially had eight third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Robertson by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette in the Marquette District Court. Robertson’s arraignment for his charges was held this past August. Court officials are saying that the eight charges filed against Robertson now involve 22 different counts which include 10 criminal sexual conduct charges.
Sexual Abuse by Medical Professionals
Going to see the doctor can be nerve-wracking, especially when the appointment involves touching. It is vital that when you visit your doctor, dentist, chiropractor, or other medical professionals, that you have full trust in them to treat you appropriately and respectfully. Sexual abuse by a medical professional is a violation of medical ethics and the law, and it should be punished to the fullest extent by the law.
Often times, people have false trust in doctors and are too afraid or embarrassed to seek help. Patients must be aware of what is allowed and what is not allowed during doctor appointments. In the case detailed above involving Robertson and female patients, it should be noted that any unwanted sexual advances from a doctor are 100% punishable by the law. If your doctor has forced you in any type of unwanted sexual activity, contact an attorney immediately.
Here is a list of what is not okay for examiners to do during an appointment:
- Make you uncomfortable with inappropriate questions about your sexual activity
- Not allow anyone else in the examination room
- Refuse to explain what they are examining and why
- Examine your body without gloves, especially private parts
- Demand that you undress parts of your body that are not being examined
What should you do after experiencing doctor sexual abuse?
If you or a loved one have been sexually abused by a doctor, please follow these steps:
- Call 911 to report the crime to local law enforcement.
- Report the doctor to your state’s medical licensing board.
- Contact a professional attorney who can help you find legal justice.
Do you have a doctor sex abuse lawsuit?
If you have found yourself in one of the situations listed above, then contact KBA Attorneys today to learn how you can file a lawsuit and gain compensation for your personal injuries. The professional lawyers at KBA Attorneys have years of combined experience in dealing with sex abuse cases such as the Robertson case. We are committed to helping victims of doctor sex abuse and will provide the utmost respect and confidentiality when working on your case. Sex abuse at the doctor’s office is a horrific crime, and its victims are owed compensation. Get a free case evaluation and let us help you find justice.