« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Forum staff reports, Published December 29 2011

Judge recommends indefinite suspension of Fargo doctor Norberg's license

FARGO – A judge has recommended that the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners suspend indefinitely the license of a Fargo surgeon accused of drugging a female acquaintance with the painkiller propofol and raping her in his home.

Administrative Law Judge Allen Hoberg accepted the findings of the board’s investigative panel, which alleged that Dr. Jon Norberg engaged in unprofessional conduct, committed gross negligence and administered a dangerous drug in a manner prohibited by state law.

Hoberg’s recommendation now goes to the full Board of Medical Examiners, which will decide the fate of Norberg’s license.

The board will meet at noon Thursday, said its executive secretary, Duane Houdek.

Hoberg also recommended that Norberg be required to pay costs – including attorney’s fees – incurred by the board and its investigative panels in the matter.

Norberg, 41, faces up to life in prison if convicted of the Class AA felony charge of gross sexual imposition filed against him in August in Cass County District Court. He has pleaded not guilty and is on voluntary leave from Sanford Health.

His next court appearance is set for Tuesday.