Our family has used the same Pediatrician’s office for 17 or 18 years now. Over that time I can’t recall a single instance with any of my three children where the wife and I weren’t in the exam room with the doctors and our children, even when our son was a teenager getting his physical for sports and whatnot. Now I don’t know what kind of policies other doctor’s offices have or maybe it was just the parents not paying attention but I guess if our doctor ever suggested that I NOT be allowed in the room we would be changing doctors immediately. Apparently some parents aren’t as vigilant about their children’s safety.
Dr. Mark Blankenburg of Hamilton, Ohio is currently on trial for 16 different sex related charges in addition to money laundering, bribery and drug trafficking after an investigation into he and his brother, also a pediatrician in the area.
53-year-olds Mark and Scott Blankenburg have allegedly been spending the last 20 to 30 years targeting teenage boys to molest. Dr. Scott Blankenburg has also been accused of sex crimes and his trial is scheduled for next April.
Mark is accused of performing oral sex on three teens as well as fondling a younger boy. He would slip at least $200 when they would leave the office in order to keep them quiet and also hand out money as well as prescription drugs to other patients after they became adults.
Both of the doctors have been practicing medicine for over 20 years in Hamilton, Ohio. The alleged sexual abuse goes back to about 1987.
Updated 10/16/09 – Dr. Mark Blankenburg was found guilty of all 16 sex charges this afternoon. The 25 drug and money charges will be rules on at a later date.