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HEARING FOR 2 DENTIST BROTHERS IS POSTPONED

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A license revocation hearing for two dentist brothers accused of sexual and professional improprieties has been postponed for three to four months, according to a ruling by an administrative law judge.

Judge Steven Eklund granted the motion of Drs. Kent Blaine Hansen and Brent D. Hansen, Spanish Fork, giving them more time for "discovery," the term for unearthing facts in a legal case.The hearing before the State Dental Board had been scheduled to begin Wednesday. But the Hansens asked for more time, and Eklund granted the motion.

David E. Robinson, director of the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, issued an order on Aug. 17 ordering the brothers to immediately halt their dental practice. The petition contained 17 allegations of claimed violations, ranging from use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) without a prescription to inappropriate sexual conduct with patients.

The dentists challenged the suspension order, and U.S. District Judge David K. Winder agreed the order was improperly drawn. The Hansens were then permitted to resume their practice, pending the outcome of the revocation hearing.