UPDATE: One Of Two Twin Pediatricians Found Guilty On Sex Charges

A jury has found a southwest Ohio pediatrician guilty of 16 sex-related charges involving former patients.

A Butler County jury on Friday convicted 53-year-old Dr. Mark Blankenburg of gross sexual imposition, corruption of a minor, compelling prostitution and other charges.

Blankenburg's twin brother, also a pediatrician, faces trial on 22 similar charges in April.

A judge will determine Mark Blankenburg's guilt on 25 remaining counts that include bribery and drug trafficking.

He is accused of giving his patients money and drugs to keep quiet about the alleged molestation. Defense attorneys have said the sex allegations are false and that accusers extorted money and drugs from him.

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A man who claims a southwest Ohio pediatrician molested him as a teenager took the stand in a case against the physician, testifying that the doctor gave him prescription drugs and payments of up to $15,000 in exchange for keeping the sex abuse quiet.

The now 24-year-old man said Wednesday he was 13 when he was first sexually assaulted by 53-year-old Dr. Mark Blankenburg.

Blankenburg is one of two twin brother pediatricians accused of sex crimes involving minors in Hamilton, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. His brother, Scott Blankenburg, faces trial in April.

A lawyer for Mark Blankenburg says there is no evidence linking his client to the crimes, and that Mark Blankenburg was a victim of extortion, paying the accuser up to $250,000 over several years.

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  • by Unknow Location: Windsor on Oct 20, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    Really I think it wrong on both half even if he was payed money or not he not the only one that he done it to. But it caught up with him and I hope that he get everything that he get and the boy should be found guilty two because, it was two wrongs not just one.
  • by Get rich quick Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    For the right amount of money, I'd let someone molest me. The emotional scarring wouldn't be significant enough to out weigh being finanical secure. People may think i'm damaged but I'd be rich!!!
  • by Marie Location: Greenville on Oct 12, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    How is a 13 year old at fault? These men sexually abused a child and all you can do is blame the victim. Both doctors are the epitome of perversion and should be tarred and feathered.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    That is just wrong. If he took money in exchange for anything being quiet. I think both are at fault.

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