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Photos to be admitted as evidence in Blankenburg trial

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Trial is set to begin against one of two twin pediatricians facing sex and drug charges involving teen boys.

In a pretrial hearing for Dr. Scott Blankenburg Thursday, the debate was whether or not to allow thousands of photos taken of high school athletes by Dr. Blankenburg and his brother, Mark, to be admitted as evidence during the trial.

Defense attorneys say the photos shouldn't be allowed because it's unclear which brother took them, and the pictures were for professional purposes.

"We know that they're both involved in the various athletic programs, we know that they're both involved in taking photographs for sports," said defense attorney Greg Howard.

The state says it was personal.

"For the better part of 20 years he had a clear, consistent, had an unnatural sexual desire for or attraction to teenage boys," said Butler County Assistant Prosecutor Lance Salyers.

The judge ruled to allow the photos..

"If the prosecution intends to get all this evidence in, they're going to have to demonstrate and this particular defendant," said Judge Noah Powers. "He took the photographs, he sorted the photographs."

Three alleged victims also took the stand briefly on Thursday to discuss the timing of the offenses.

Dr. Scott's trial begins on Aug. 24. Dr. Mark's is in October.

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