In 2009, Butler County was rocked by the indictment of twin physicians on multiple charges, including having sexual contact with young patients and paying them to remain quiet.
Drs. R. Scott and Mark Blankenburg, now 60, are currently serving prison terms at Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clair, Ohio. But until their indictment, they were successful pediatricians with patients in Hamilton and Fairfield. They also spent hours on the sidelines at high school games, taking pictures of young athletes.
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R. Scott Blankenburg is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in January 2010 as part of plea bargain to eight counts counts, including compelling prostitution, two counts of bribery, pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and complicity to deception to obtain a dangerous drug. One of the charges involved a former patient.
The sentence handed down by Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers ended more than two years of investigation and countless hearings involving former patients and local athletes. It came less than a week after his twin brother and fellow pediatrician, Dr. Mark Blankenburg, was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on similar charges.
The judge granted a stay on the prison sentence for the second twin to be convicted so that he could close up the once-thriving practice and turn over files to patients. R. Scott Blankenburg showed up for prison promptly on Feb. 15, 2010.
Mark Blankenburg was sentenced to 21 to 27 years in prison for molesting three former patients, and for other charges stemming from money and drugs he paid the victims for years to keep quiet. Both men were also classified as Tier II offenders.
State appeals of Mark Blankenburg’s convictions have been denied, but a federal appeal is pending alleging juror bias and issues with specifics that were not included in the charges.
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