A former Blue Springs doctor, charged with multiple sex charges involving a teenage boy over many years, turned himself in to authorities on Monday.
Joseph T. Mackey, 43, has been charged with eight counts of second-degree statutory sodomy.
According to court records, the victim told investigators that he first met Mackey, then a Blue Springs doctor, during a scouting activity when he was 11 years old. Four years later the victim spent the night at Mackey’s Lee’s Summit home. The victim also saw Mackey as a patient in Mackey’s Blue Springs medical office.
The victim told authorities he was involved in dozens of sexual encounters with the doctor between age 14 and adulthood.
Never miss a local story.
Investigators found other victims who said they were abused by Mackey or were told by him that he was coordinating a sexual activities study for the University of Kansas. University officials told investigators that no such study existed.
In 2013 the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts informed police that they were investigating Mackey. That October Mackey relinquished his medical license.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $50,000.
For more than 10 years Mackey volunteered with the Kansas City area’s Heart of America Council of Boy Scouts, serving as a leader of Troop 42 in Jackson County, as the council’s medical director and also a member of the council’s executive board.
Scouting officials severed ties with Mackey in 2011 after receiving a report of alleged misconduct, said Mark Brayer, the council’s support services director.
Council representatives turn over to law enforcement representatives any reports of alleged abuse, whether those reports concern a scouting leader or a private citizen not involved with scouting, said Brayer.
If the allegation involves a council scouting representative, that person then is suspended until the investigation is completed.
“That policy was followed in this case,” Brayer said.
Mackey also volunteered as team doctor for Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School. But Mackey did not travel with teams and voluntarily withdrew from those activities in 2011, said Katie Woolf, Blue Springs School District spokeswoman.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 19.