Openings Expected At Trial Of Twin Pediatrician

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hamilton, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio jury will hear opening statements in the trial of one of two twin brother pediatricians charged with sex crimes involving children.

The jury for the trial of 53-year-old Mark Blankenburg was seated in a lengthy selection process on Monday.

A state court in southwest Ohio's Butler County had called 150 potential jurors, about three times the normal number.

Blankenburg's twin, Dr. Scott Blankenburg, faces a separate trial in April.

So far, there are few details on the number of victims, their ages or where the alleged crimes occurred. The charges include multiple counts of corruption of a minor.

Lawyers for Mark Blankenburg say many of the charges are vague.

Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday morning.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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