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VIRGINIA BOARD REVOKES LICENSE OF CONVICTED INFERTILITY DOCTOR

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Three years after infertility doctor Cecil B. Jacobson agreed to stop practicing medicine, the Virginia Board of Medicine has revoked his medical license, officials said Thursday.

Jacobson, 55, was convicted in March on 52 federal counts of perjury and fraud stemming from his operation of a clinic in northern Virginia. He impregnated women with his own sperm and fooled patients into thinking they were pregnant when they were not.Prosecutors said Jacobson may have fathered as many as 75 children while telling patients he was using an anonymous sperm donor program.

Some of the allegations came to light in 1989, when the Virginia Department of Health Professions conducted an investigation of Jacobson's practices.

At that time, Jacobson signed a consent order agreeing not to practice medicine for five years anywhere in the world. He also was fined $7,000.

"They could have revoked his license at that point but under state law, a person has the right to appeal that decision through the state courts," said Wayne Farrar, spokesman for the department that oversees the Board of Medicine.

Jacobson also agreed to set up a $250,000 fund to compensate his patients. Since then, he had conducted privately funded genetics research in Provo, Utah.

The federal court case was based on the probe by Virginia health officials, Farrar said.

Jacobson was sentenced May 8 in Alexandria to five years in prison. He also was fined more than $116,000 and ordered to serve three years' probation after his release from prison.

The law allows Jacobson to seek reinstatement of his license every year, Farrar said.

Jacobson is free on bond while he appeals his conviction. Prosecutor Randy Bellows said he expected the appeal process to take at least a year.