Originally created 05/27/05

Ex-doctor accused of molesting child



A 45-year-old Evans man who had worked as a gynecologist in the Augusta area has been arrested on a charge of child molestation and aggravated assault.

Jerry Jackson Lee II, of the 2500 block of Fallen Branch Lane, was being held Thursday at the Columbia County Detention Center on a probation hold from Hazlehurst, Ga., with no bond set, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Capt. Morris said police learned of the incident after responding to a report of a domestic dispute May 14 between Mr. Lee and his wife at their home. According to an incident report, Mr. Lee and his wife were arguing about an incident in which Mr. Lee's wife said he had sexually abused a 9-year-old girl.

According to the report, Mr. Lee's wife said she called her son to the home when Mr. Lee raised a knife during the confrontation. Mr. Lee's son told police he struck his father twice in the face to keep him away from his mother.

"Other charges are pending," Capt. Morris said Thursday, adding that because of an ongoing investigation he could not provide details.

According to the official Web site for the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, Mr. Lee's license to operate as a gynecology and obstetrics doctor was issued in October 1994. The board, which had been investigating allegations against Mr. Lee, accepted his request to voluntarily surrender his license in August 2003.

Capt. Morris said the probation hold on Mr. Lee involves a June 2004 arrest in Hazlehurst on a charge of fraud; he was accused of acquiring controlled substances using a revoked registration number.

It was just over 2 years ago that Mr. Lee was acquitted of aggravated assault and aggravated sexual battery charges involving his wife. He was found guilty of misdemeanor battery by Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet and given 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

In that case, Mr. Lee's wife had initially given statements saying her husband had beaten her with his fists and a paddle and had sexually assaulted her. She later recanted the statements, and Mr. Lee testified that she had caused her own injuries.

Mr. Lee also was indicted by a grand jury in Augusta in September 2002 on unlawful possession of a firearm involving a fully automatic assault rifle that authorities said was found inside his home. The charge could have been punishable by five years in prison. Superior Court Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr. acquitted Mr. Lee of the charge.

At the time, Judge Mulherin said he couldn't say that he did not give thought to what a felony conviction would mean to Mr. Lee's ability to hold a medical license.

The judge also said at the time that he was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Lee knowingly possessed the AR-15 rifle.

Reach Preston Sparks at 868-1222, ext. 115, or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.