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Jury selection begins for Butler Co. doctor

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By Brad Underwood - bio | email
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HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Jury selection is underway in for the first of two twin brother pediatricians charged with sex and drug crimes involving minors.

The field of 150 possible jurors was narrowed to 112 on Monday morning in the trial of Dr. Mark Blankenburg. Another 18 possible jurors were excused Monday afternoon, leaving the pool at 96.

Dr. Mark Blankenburg faces 41 sex and drug charges. He elected to waive his right to a jury trial on 25 of those counts. Those counts will now be up to a judge. The other 16 will go to the jury.

Prosecutors say they have around 45 witnesses to call to the stand.

Dr. Blankenburg's twin and fellow pediatrician, Dr. Scott Blankenburg, faces a separate trial on similar charges in April.

The sex charges against the 53-year-old doctors involve accusers who include former patients. The doctors are accused of sexually assaulting patients, then paying them to be quiet with drugs and money. The twin pediatricians have practiced medicine for more than 20 years.

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