In a follow-up to a story we first reported here last December (2016), the Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is expected to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators.
As outlined this week in an article in the Indianapolis Business Journal:
Dr. Donald Cline, 78, who pleaded not guilty last year to two counts of obstruction of justice, will appear in court in December (2017) for a change of plea hearing. “This is the start of some sort of closure,” said Amber Stafford, whose mother was one of Cline's patients more than 30 years ago.
Some of the now-adult children of Cline's former patients filed a complaint with the Indiana attorney general's office in 2014 after they became suspicious that Cline had inseminated some of his patients with his own sperm.”
Court records confirm that Cline is likely the biological father of at least two of his patients' children. Online genetic tests show he may be the father of 20 others. Cline retired in 2009.
No other charges were filed against Cline because Indiana doesn't specifically prohibit fertility doctors from using their own sperm.
Quoted in the IBJ, Amber Stafford continues, "We want to stop this from happening again because it was wrong on so many levels. Even though there are no laws against it, it was wrong and he needs to own up to what he did and we need to prevent this from happening again."
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