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Fargo Surgeon Returns to Sanford Health

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UPDATE 11/11/2013

A doctor who lost his job last year after criminal charges were brought against him, is back at Sanford Health. Dr. Jon Norberg is now rehired by Sanford Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine as a hand surgeon.  The following statement was issued by Vice President of Sanford Orthopedics Clinic in Fargo, Darla Dobberstein:

"Dr. Norberg returned to practice at Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine as a Hand Surgeon in early November. Regarding the pending lawsuit, any outstanding issues have been resolved. He is a highly skilled, excellent hand surgeon who provides quality care to his patients." 

Norberg's medical license has been reinstated. In November 2012, Norberg was found not guilty by a District court jury in a high profile case in which he admitted to drugging his wife in their home to help relieve her suffering from chronic pain. She also claimed that she was raped while unconscious.

Following the acquittal, members of the jury wrote letters of support and asked that Norberg's medical license be restored.

UPDATE 11/21/2012 6:30 p.m.

It did not take a jury very long, less than four hours to return with a verdict. Dr. Jon Norberg was found not guilty of gross sexual imposition and reckless endangerment Wednesday.

Norberg was accused of injecting his wife Alonna Norberg with propofol and having sex with her against her will.  Jon Norberg was filled with relief after the verdict was read.

"What's next?" was certainly the question of the day when we spoke with him outside the courtroom.

The two big items now are: what happens to his medical license that is currently suspended by the medical board, and what happens with divorce proceeding between him and his wife, Alonna.

Norberg said of his license, "Now that this is done, I'll ask them what they think is most appropriate as far as re-instatement of my license."

"The divorce is still pending. Custody issues are still pending. I'm sure this will have a big impact on how this plays out in the long run," was what Norberg said in response to the divorce proceeding.

Alonna Norberg did not appear in court Wednesday.

We did ask prosecutor Gary Euren if he would be seeking charges surrounding Jon's conversation with Alonna's father a week before the trial.

During the trial Robert Knorr testified that Jon Norberg told him that Alonna should tell prosecutors she made the story up. That could be obstruction of justice. Euren said he cannot comment on open investigations.

Jon Norberg says a domestic violence protection order has also been dropped. He currently has unsupervised visitation with his children.

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A jury on Wednesday acquitted a North Dakota surgeon accused of drugging his wife and raping her while she was unconscious on all charges.

Jon Norberg showed no emotion as the verdict was read in the Fargo courtroom. His brother, Doug Norberg, lowered his head and exhaled.

Norberg, 42, could have faced up to life in prison if convicted of gross sexual imposition and reckless endangerment. The jury deliberated for about four hours before finding the orthopedic surgeon not guilty.

"It's going to be a truly very Happy Thanksgiving for Jon and his family," defense attorney Robert Hoy said after the hearing.
Prosecutors claimed Norberg injected his wife, Dr. Alonna Norberg, 42, with propofol in June 2011 and had sex with her against her will while she was unconscious. Defense attorneys said she made up the rape allegations to help her in a looming divorce and child custody case, fearing she wouldn't get the children because of an alleged addiction to prescription drugs and mental health issues.

The Associated Press typically does not identify victims of alleged sex crimes, but Alonna Norberg has spoken publicly about the case, once to deny claims by her husband that she agreed to take the medication as part of treatment for a debilitating disease.

Jon Norberg said he injected his wife with propofol regularly over an 18-month period. Alonna Norberg, a pediatrician, said her husband advertised the drug to her under its brand name, Diprivan, and she didn't know it was the same thing as propofol. She said she stopped using it after a few times.

Propofol gained notoriety in the trial of the doctor who treated pop star Michael Jackson. The key witness in that case, Dr. Steven Shafer, a professor of anesthesia at Stanford University, also testified in the Norberg trial and told jurors that Jon Norberg was not qualified to administer propofol and risked his wife's life.

Alonna Norberg testified earlier in the trial she awoke on the night of June 16, 2011, to find her husband forcing her to perform oral sex. Defense attorney Robert Hoy said during the trial that the sex was consensual.

The state Board of Medical Examiners has indefinitely suspended Jon Norberg's license. Prosecutors said Alonna Norberg did not want to see her husband criminally prosecuted or lose his ability to practice medicine, but she wanted him to stop giving her propofol.

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