- A fertility doctor is accused of using his own sperm to impregnate his patients
- Nine children of former patients discovered they were all biologically related
- The doctor is charged with obstruction of justice for using false documents during the investigation
A fertility doctor in Indiana in the United States is currently facing charges of obstruction of justice after he was accused by former patients of using his own sperm to impregnate them.
Nine children of nine former patients came forward after they found out that they were all siblings with the same father, who is believed to be the 77-year-old Dr. Donald J. Cline who operated a fertility clinic in Indianapolis.
In 2014, a woman from the same state who took an in-house DNA test found out that she was related to eight other users of the genetic testing website 23andMe.
Court records obtained by NBC News showed that further testing revealed that all nine of them were biologically siblings. Their mothers were found out to have been Cline’s patients who were all inseminated with sperm from the same clinic over a span of eight years in the 1970s.
Cline, who claims he had retired since 2009, denied he used his own sperm to impregnate the women and pleaded not guilty to the two felony charges of presenting false documents with intent to mislead authorities during the investigation. He insists that he used samples obtained from dental and medical students.
He had since appeared in the Marion Superior Court and was released on the condition that he would appear in another hearing set on October 17.
However, the siblings, who were not identified to protect their privacy, do not believe the doctor’s claims; noting that medical students are not allowed to donate sperm more than three times and that the samples wouldn’t have lasted over the eight year period.