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Patrick Springer, Published January 09 2012

Fargo woman maintains surgeon husband drugged, assaulted her

FARGO – Dr. Alonna Norberg, responding to allegations raised by her estranged physician husband Friday in a dispute involving her alleged sexual abuse, accused him of making false statements.

A statement sent to The Forum on Saturday follows the indefinite suspension last week of Dr. Jon Norberg’s medical license and the surgeon’s pleas to misdemeanor sexual assault and felony reckless endangerment.

Besides the criminal case and medical disciplinary action, the Norbergs are involved in a divorce and custody dispute involving their three children.

“In all of these legal arenas, there is a factual record demonstrating that Jon Norberg used a powerful drug in an inappropriate fashion and under dangerous conditions and sexually assaulted me,” Alonna Norberg said in her statement. “I did not consent to him doing so.”

Jon Norberg has claimed his wife submitted to multiple injections of a powerful anesthetic, propofol, that both of them agreed upon to treat her pain from an autoimmune disease.

Despite his no-contest plea to the misdemeanor sexual assault charge, Jon Norberg denies abusing his wife while she was sedated.

She did not respond in her statement to allegations by her husband that she abused narcotics used to treat her pain or that she told others that she willingly participated in the use of propofol.

“Perpetrators routinely try to avoid accountability by denying facts and attempting to shift the blame to the victim,” Alonna Norberg said in the statement, adding, “But, it is important that victims not be bullied by these tactics.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522