License revoked for doctor accused of impregnating 2 patients with his own sperm


A retired Vermont doctor accused of impregnating two patients with his own sperm in synthetic insemination procedures within the Nineteen Seventies has had his medical license completely revoked. In an order signed Friday, the Vermont Board of Medical Practice reprimanded Dr. John Coates III and revoked his license.

Coates, who practiced in central Vermont within the Nineteen Seventies, specializing in obstetrics and gynecological care, based on the board, and is dealing with lawsuits from two girls.

A Florida couple sued Coates in U.S. District Court 2018, accusing him of being the daddy of their daughter as a result of a man-made insemination process in 1977. Last year, a Colorado woman additionally sued Coates, accusing him of utilizing his own genetic materials when he artificially inseminated her in 1978 at what was then the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin.

Coast offered care for patients at Central Vermont Medical Center, however he was not an worker.


The Florida couple, Cheryl Rousseau and Peter Rousseau, declare they signed a contract with Dr. Coates for him to artificially inseminate Cheryl utilizing donated semen from an unnamed medical pupil who resembled her husband, CBS affiliate WCAX-TV reported.

“This could not have been done accidentally,” stated Jerry O’Neill, the lawyer for the Rousseau household.

The girl from Colorado additionally stated Coates agreed to inseminate her with donor materials from an unnamed medical pupil. Both girls complained to the board.

Coates’ legal professional Peter Joslin stated his consumer disagrees with the board’s determination. Coates additionally should pay a $4,000 administrative penalty.

The board additionally stated Coates made misrepresentations and misled its investigative committee.

When the committee requested Coates to endure genetic testing within the case of the primary affected person, Coates refused, the board stated. The committee discovered Coates had participated in genetic testing associated to the grievance in one other discussion board and requested him to supply data, the board stated.

He responded, saying, “While I have no present memory of ever having used my own genetic material to artificially inseminate a female patient, genetic testing has confirmed that I was the sperm donor for the pregnancy that resulted in the birth of (the daughter of Patient 1),” based on the board. “I have no knowledge of, or reason to suspect the existence of any other occasion where I used my own sperm in the performance of an artificial insemination procedure.”

After getting a grievance from the second affected person, the committee requested Coates to reply to the allegations. Coates stated that based mostly on the DNA testing data, he had used his own semen within the synthetic insemination of her, the board stated.

Coates didn’t take part within the listening to earlier than the panel. His legal professional submitted a letter stating that Coates was surrendering his medical license completely, and said, “Dr. Coates retired from medical practice in 2008. He is now 80 years old. He is giving up his medical license permanently. The events that are at issue occurred more than forty years ago. Dr. Coates regrets the circumstances giving rise to the charges.”

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