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Northland doctor’s license revoked for sex with underage patient; doctor denies it

Blake Donaldson’s office at Primary Care North in Kansas City was closed after a Missouri oversight board issued an emergency suspension of his license in December, saying he had sex with a 16-year-old patient. Donaldson denies the allegations, but the board revoked his license.
Blake Donaldson’s office at Primary Care North in Kansas City was closed after a Missouri oversight board issued an emergency suspension of his license in December, saying he had sex with a 16-year-old patient. Donaldson denies the allegations, but the board revoked his license. mmartin@kcstar.com

The Missouri medical board has revoked the license of Blake Henry Donaldson, a doctor from Kansas City, North, saying he had sex with an underage patient.

The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts said Donaldson had committed statutory rape by having sex with the 16-year-old male patient. The sexual contact allegedly continued after the patient turned 17, the age of consent in Missouri, but the board said it was still unethical conduct.

Donaldson denies the allegations, his attorney, Scott Pool, said Wednesday.

“He vehemently disagrees with the board’s decision,” Pool said. “He is going to appeal the decision and believes the board has overlooked and refused to consider exculpatory evidence that fundamentally refutes the claims against him.”

Pool said Donaldson has security records from his clinic and employment records from a hospital where he worked that show he could not have done what he’s accused of doing at the dates and times that the board alleges the sexual acts occurred in 2014-2016.

In December, the board took the rare step of suspending Donaldson’s license on an emergency basis. It held a hearing in August and published its revocation order Sept. 25.

The order references a “Platte County criminal investigation” and says Pool entered as evidence a videotaped statement Donaldson gave to Platte County investigators. Pool said Donaldson denied the allegations in the statement.

According to the Missouri courts database, no criminal charges were filed. Pool said that as far as he knows, the investigation is over.

A Platte County Sheriff’s Office spokesman didn’t respond to a phone message seeking comment Wednesday.

According to the order revoking his license, Donaldson declined to answer specific questions about the allegations against him during the August hearing. Instead, he invoked his Fifth Amendment rights.

Pool said Donaldson did that to avoid falling into a “perjury trap” and should not have been penalized for exercising his rights.

At the same hearing the board’s attorney provided testimony from the patient’s father, identified only as “Mr. A.D.,” that described “the trauma he and his family have suffered as a result of Respondent’s sexual conduct with their son.”

“Mr. A.D. expressed the authority and superiority a physician has over the public and the trust that the public naturally has for their physician,” according to the revocation order. “Mr. A.D. asked the board (to) provide closure to his family and to show that someone cares.”

Under the terms of the revocation order Donaldson has to wait seven years before he can apply to have his Missouri license reinstated. He’s not currently licensed to practice in any other states, according to the Federation of State Medical Boards database.

Donaldson had been licensed in Missouri since 1995 and most recently had practiced at Primary Care North, an office at 5861 N.W. 72nd St.

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