Jury Acquits Physician in Sexual Abuse Case

By David Holley | The Oregonian | November 19, 2008

HILLSBORO A Washington County jury has acquitted a Cedar Hills-area physician of 10 counts of sexual abuse involving two children.

The jury found Dr. Thomas Lee, 39, not guilty of the charges on Friday following a three-week trial in Washington County Circuit Court. An 11th count against Lee was dismissed.

"Dr. Thomas Lee and I are very gratified by the fact that he was acquitted on all charges," said Stephen Houze, Lee's Portland-based attorney. "Living under the cloud of false allegations since February of this year has been an ordeal."

Lee did not return calls for comment.

Houze said Lee plans to resume his medical practice. Before his arrest, he worked as a physician for pregnant women at the Northwest Perinatal Center, 9701 S.W. Barnes Road. Lee resigned from the position at the end of March.

An emergency suspension of Lee's medical license remains in effect until the Oregon Medical Board has a chance to investigate and review his case and professional career.

Kathleen Haley, the board's executive director, said Lee will be given a chance to explain the circumstances of his case. If the board chooses, it could reinstate his license as soon as the next meeting in December.

Houze said he was able to show the accusations against Lee lacked corroboration, and that Lee has had an "impeccable personal and professional history." The accusations were not connected to Lee's work at the clinic, authorities said.

Brian Kelly, chief executive officer for Women's Healthcare Associates, which operates Northwest Perinatal, was unavailable for comment Tuesday.