UPDATE: LARA suspends license of doctor charged with criminal sexual conduct
UPDATE: September 14th, 2018 1:33 P.M:
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs served an order suspending the medical license of Jonathan Gale Robertson of Marquette for allegations of Criminal Sexual Conduct.
LARA also served an accompanying administrative complaint against Robertson detailing alleged criminal sexual with three patients.
The allegations include unprofessional conduct with a patient that is sexual or can reasonably be interpreted as sexual, offering to provide practice related services, such as drugs, in exchange for sexual favors, and negligence, incompetence and lack of good moral character.
Additionally, the Michigan Attorney General’s office charged Robertson with eight counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The Michigan Public Health Code provides for summary suspension of licenses when the public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.
An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code.
LARA encourages all concerned residents, patients, parents and peers to file complaints against health professionals who may allegedly be risking public health, safety or welfare.
LARA values and relies on complaints from patients and residents to spur investigations into licensed health professionals who are potentially violating the Public Health Code. Each and every complaint received by the department is reviewed and analyzed by professional licensing staff.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Wednesday he has charged physician Jonathan Robertson, 43, with 8 counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd degree, related to sexually assaulting female patients in his care.
Robertson, who has offices in Marquette and Traverse City, was charged following an investigation for allegedly prescribing narcotics in exchange for sexual favors. CSC-3 is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
“When a woman visits her doctor, she rightfully has the expectation that she will not be sexually assaulted,” said Schuette. "I encourage anyone with information about this case to contact the Michigan State Police."
Robertson was arraigned before Judge Roger Kangas on August 22 at 2 p.m. in the Marquette District Court. Robertson was held on a cash surety bond of $250,000 for each count, totaling $2,000,000.
It is believed that two different women were sexually assaulted by Robertson from October 2014 through April 2015. The first victim was seeking help for opioid addiction and the second victim was referred to Robertson for pain management. The only reason the victims had contact with Robertson was in his capacity as a physician.
Robertson allegedly sexually penetrated the women under the guise of medical treatment, but the alleged assaults were often blatant and performed for sexual pleasure.
During Victim One’s second visit, it is believed Robertson was alone with her in a locked exam room when he penetrated her vagina with an ungloved hand and then allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him in exchange for a prescription for Suboxone, a drug used to treat those in opioid addiction recovery. He is alleged to have told her not to tell anyone about the exchange. It is presumed that the second assault occurred during her third visit when she did not have an appointment but was hoping he would give her medication as he had in the past. He then pulled down his pants and exposed himself and allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him. He then gave her $200 cash, for her prescription that he requested from a pharmacy.
Victim Two sought medical treatment from Robertson for a sore muscle in her hip. During multiple visits to Robertson’s office she was allegedly assaulted in a patient examination room. At her first visit with Robertson she was alone with him in an exam room where he penetrated her vagina with an ungloved hand and then prescribed her Morphine and Dilaudid. She was seeking medical help for pain management when he presumably assaulted her.
If anyone has information related to Robertson, please call Lieutenant Robin Lynde with the Michigan State Police at 313-418-2731.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant in this case is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.