Dr. Jonathan Robertson Charged With Criminal Sexual Conduct
On Wednesday, August 22, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that he has charged doctor Jonathan Robertson with 8 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd degree based on allegations that he sexually assaulted two female patients in his medical care.
Robertson was under investigation for allegedly prescribing narcotics in exchange for sexual favors. Each charge against him carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison. He was arraigned before Judge Roger Kangas on August 22 and 2 p.m. in the Marquette District Court and was held on a cash surety bond of $250,000, for a total of $2,000,000.
Details of Charges Against Robertson
Investigators believe that two different women were sexually assaulted by Jonathan Robertson between October 2014 and April 2015. The first victim saw Robertson with help overcoming an opioid addiction, while the second was referred to him for pain management.
Robertson allegedly sexually penetrated both women under the guise of medical treatment. Some of the alleged assaults were blatant and clearly only performed for sexual gratification.
On Victim One’s second visit, Robertson is accused of sexually assaulting her in a locked exam room, including forcing her to perform oral sex in exchange for a prescription for Suboxone, which is a drug prescribed for opioid addiction recovery. A second assault allegedly occurred during her third visit and involved similar circumstances.
Victim Two made an appointment with Robertson for a sore hip muscle. Robertson is accused of sexually assaulting her multiple times during appointments in his examination rooms.
Can Survivors of Doctor Sexual Assault File Lawsuits?
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps the survivors of sexual assault find justice in the civil court system. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal options available to survivors of doctor sexual assault:
Doctors are some of the most trusted professionals in our society. While most doctors are honorable members of the community, some physicians abuse their positions of trust in order to sexually assault their patients. Like any other sexual assault, these crimes create longlasting trauma for survivors. In cases involving doctors, many survivors may never trust medical professionals again.
Sadly, the medical community often fails to adequately discipline doctors who have been accused of sexual misconduct. In other cases, these doctors are prosecuted but only receive a slap on the wrist. This is why many victims turn to the civil court system and file lawsuits against the facilities where they were sexually assaulted. This can help hold both doctors and third-party enablers accountable for failing to keep patients safe.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted in a medical facility and are curious about your legal options, we advise speaking with an experienced sexual assault victim lawyer in your area.
Location of Jonathan Robertson’s Offices in Traverse City