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Forum staff reports, Published August 16 2012

Fargo surgeon accused of rape granted access to wife's medical records

FARGO – A Fargo surgeon preparing his defense to charges that he drugged and raped his wife will have access to her medical records from the last six years, a judge decided Thursday in Cass County District Court.

Jon Norberg is scheduled for trial Nov. 5 on felony charges of gross sexual imposition and reckless endangerment.

His defense attorney, Robert Hoy, argued that Alonna Norberg, the alleged victim in the case, waived any physician-patient privilege by signing authorizations for her doctors to release all of her medical records and speak to the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office and Fargo Police Department.

Hoy said the defense is entitled to those same records, plus other medical records the prosecution may not have sought.

“I’m concerned about getting complete records,” he said.

Judge Douglas Herman granted the motion but restricted the order to records from Jan. 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2011. The crimes are alleged to have taken place between Sept. 1, 2010, and June 20, 2011.

Medical records obtained by the defense also must be disclosed to prosecutors.

Though The Forum does not usually identify alleged victims of sexual assault, Alonna Norberg consented to be named to contest her husband’s claims that he never sexually abused her and had her permission to give her the power sedative propofol to treat her pain from an autoimmune disease.