Doctor accused of using own sperm to inseminate patients gets suspended sentence

Dr. Donald Cline a reproductive endocrinologist and fertilty specialist speaks at a new conference in Indianapolis

Dr. Donald Cline a reproductive endocrinologist and fertilty specialist speaks at a new conference in Indianapolis

A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm will serve no jail time after pleading guilty Thursday to charges that he lied to investigators.

Paternity tests performed by the Marion County prosecutor's office in August 2016 showed a 99.9 percent probability that Cline was the father of the two complainants, according to court records.

Cline pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 365 days in jail, all of which was suspended, meaning he won't serve time behind bars.

Liz White says she hoped Cline would at least be put on ankle-bracelet monitoring because of pain she's felt since finding out he deceived her by fathering her now-35-year-old son.

No other charges were filed against Cline because IN doesn't specifically prohibit fertility doctors from using their own sperm.

Cline, authorities said, confessed to six adults who suspected him of being their father that he'd donated his own sperm approximately 50 times between 1971 and 1981.

In a written statement, Cline initially denied ever using his own sperm to inseminate patients, WISH reported.

"Not only did Dr. Cline abuse his position of complete trust with his patients, his decisions will have lasting impact through generations of the impacted families", Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry stated after Cline's sentence was announced. Cline told the court on Thursday that he lied because he was scared.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Chicago Tribune, the Indiana Attorney General's Office launched an investigation into Cline in 2014, after two adult children of Cline's former patients filed a complaint.

"Dr. Cline admitted to doing wrong by inseminating the women with his own sperm, but felt that he was helping women because they really wanted a baby", the affidavit said.

IN law doesn't specifically prohibit fertility doctors from using their own sperm.

A prominent instance in which a fertility doctor secretly used his own sperm was Cecil Jacobson, who may have fathered as many as 70 children from 1976 to 1998 in Vienna, Virginia.

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