AUGUSTA — A former Moultrie physician failed in his bid to get an Augusta-area conviction overturned.

Dr. Jerry Lee II, a gynecologist who left Moultrie in 2001, was convicted in 2007 of aggravated sexual battery of a 9-year-old girl. The incident happened in May 2005.

In an opinion released last week and cited in Thursday’s Augusta Chronicle, the Georgia Court of Appeals found none of the trial errors that Lee alleged presented a reason to overturn the charge, for which he is serving 20 years in prison.

Lee, who is now 50, claimed he was performing a gynecological procedure on the girl, according to the Chronicle, but he had surrendered his medical license two years earlier.

Lee has faced numerous legal problems since he left Moultrie, described by the Chronicle when they occurred:

• In September 2002, he was acquitted of two felonies related to a December 2001 domestic incident with his wife but was convicted of misdemeanor battery in the case. His wife initially said he had beaten her with his fists and a paddle and had sexually assaulted her, but she later recanted the statements.

• In February 2003, he was acquitted in a bench trial of weapons charges. He testified he did not know an AR-15 rifle in his home had been converted to fully automatic operation.

• In 2003, Lee lost his license to practice medicine. According to Thursday’s Chronicle story, the physicians disciplinary board had suspended his license in May 2003, but the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners website says he voluntarily surrendered it in August 2003 after acknowledging a medical condition that prevented him from practicing medicine safely. The same board document refers to allegations of drug use and improper acquisition of prescription drugs. Details of the allegations are posted on the website of the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, which is linked from this story at www.moultrieobserver.com.

• Law enforcement was summoned to Lee’s home in Evans in May 2005 in response to a domestic incident, which the Chronicle said was later found to have been an argument between Lee and his wife over Lee’s assault on the 9-year-old girl.

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