FARGO (AP) - A Fargo surgeon who was acquitted last year of drugging and raping his wife has resumed practicing medicine at Sanford Health.
Jon Norberg returned to Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine this month, according to Sanford Orthopedics Clinic Vice President Darla Dobberstein.
"He is a highly skilled, excellent hand surgeon who provides quality care to his patients," Dobberstein said in a statement.
A home telephone listing for Norberg could not be found. Officials at his office referred calls to Sanford's media relations department. Norberg did not immediately respond to an Associated Press request for comment left with that department.
Jurors acquitted Norberg on charges of gross sexual imposition and reckless endangerment, following a nearly three-week trial. He could have faced up to life in prison if convicted.
The North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners in August reinstated Norberg's medical license. The board had suspended his license in December 2011 after Administrative Law Judge Allen Hoberg ruled that Norberg frequently gave his wife the powerful sedative propofol - the anesthetic that pop star Michael Jackson fatally overdosed on in 2009. Norberg lacked the proper credentials to give the drug and did not have necessary monitoring equipment at his home to ensure it could be administered safely, the judge concluded.
Prosecutors argued that Norberg gave his wife, a doctor, a drug she knew nothing about so he could have sex with her. Defense attorneys rejected the claim, saying the couple agreed on propofol to help Alonna Norberg with chronic pain, and that she made up the rape allegations to help her in a divorce and child custody case.
The Associated Press typically doesn't identify the alleged victims in cases that might be sexual assaults, but Alonna Norberg has spoken publically about the case several times.