An Indiana fertility doctor accused of non-consensually impregnating his patients with his own sperm is expected to plead guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, after previously pleading not guilty to the same charges, the Associated Press reported.
Dr. Donald Cline, 78, will appear in court in December for the change of plea after his attorneys said on Tuesday that he intends to plead guilty.
"This is the start of some sort of closure," said Amber Stafford, whose mother was one of Cline's patients.
Stafford, with some of the other adult children of Cline’s former patients, filed a complaint with the Indiana attorney general in 2014 after worrying they were Cline’s biological children.
Paternity tests have shown that Cline is the biological father of at least two of his patients’s children, and online genetic tests have shown that he may be the father of 20 others, the adult children claimed.
"This wasn't just a handful of kids or mothers that this happened to that resulted into a handful of children. We're now into several dozen. And it's going to continue to grow," said Matt White, whose mother was also one of Cline's patients.
Cline, who retired in 2009, denied the allegations initially.
He was not charged with anything beyond obstruction of justice because there are no Indiana laws against fertility doctors using their own sperm. However, Stafford said that she hopes new laws will be created to address this unusual situation.
"We want to stop this from happening again because it was wrong on so many levels. Even though there are no laws against it, it was wrong and he needs to own up to what he did and we need to prevent this from happening again," Stafford said.