State appeals court upholds doctor's conviction

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The trial for a former Augusta area physician convicted of sexually assaulting a child was fair and the conviction will stand, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled.

In an opinion released last week, the court found none of the alleged errors cited by Jerry J. Lee II presented any reason to overturn the aggravated sexually battery charge for which he is serving 20 years in prison.

A Columbia County Superior Court jury convicted Mr. Lee, 50, of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in May 2005. Mr. Lee, who had lost his license to practice medicine two years earlier, claimed he was only performing a gynecological procedure.

Mr. Lee faced multiple lawsuits and other criminal charges in the years leading up to the molestation. He left Moultrie, Ga., under a professional cloud and came to Augusta, where Doctors Hospital refused him privileges in 2002.

Mr. Lee was charged with aggravated assault and sexual battery after Columbia County sheriff's officers found his wife covered with cuts and bruises, one of which covered her left backside from waist to knee. Candice Lee refused to testify against her husband in a September 2002 bench trial. Mr. Lee was convicted only of misdemeanor battery, and Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet sentenced him to a year of probation as a first offender.

In February 2003, after a bench trial before Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin Sr., Mr. Lee was acquitted of weapon charges. He testified he didn't know an AK-15 rifle in his home had been converted to be fully automatic.

He moved to Hazlehurst, Ga., after his legal troubles in the Augusta area. By May 2003, the physicians' disciplinary board had suspended his medical license after allegations of drug use.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

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jebko
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jebko 10/01/09 - 03:18 am
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There is no such rifle as a

There is no such rifle as a 'AK-15' ... there is a AR-15; a civilain version of the M16

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mercyme 10/01/09 - 07:01 am
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Who do you trust??????? We

Who do you trust??????? We put our lives and our children' s lives in the hands of physicians to help take care of us and then we get these perverts who abuse their field of medicine. What is a person to do to stay safe????

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InChristLove 10/01/09 - 08:52 am
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"claimed he was only

"claimed he was only performing a gynecological procedure." Why would a 9 year old need a gynecological test and if this was done in the office, where was the mother or nurse? This guy has some serious issues and I'm glad his conviction stands.

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Fiat_Lux 10/01/09 - 11:23 am
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Little girls sometimes--not

Little girls sometimes--not often-- need gyn exams. However, consciencious male doctors virtually always send those children to female pediatricians or gyn specialists for that. Even if they didn't, no decent doctor, male or female, would ever do such a gyn exam without a chaperone. This guy is sick and dangerous.

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Evans Ga. 10/01/09 - 02:26 pm
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Maybe someone will give this

Maybe someone will give this man an exam in jail, if you know what I mean.

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