MOULTRIE -- Allegations of malpractice continue to mount against a former Moultrie physician who also faces charges of sexual misconduct in Columbia County.

Jerry Jackson Lee II, a former gynecologist for Moultrie OB/GYN Associates, is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 3 on the criminal charges. The Columbia News-Times reported that Lee waived his right to a jury trial and requested a bench trial by Columbia Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet.

Lee's wife told deputies that he sexually abused her and assaulted her with a wooden paddle and his fist in December 2001, Columbia County Sheriff's reports said. Lee said the incident started over her having an affair, sheriff's reports said.

Lee denied the accusations and said the Columbia County Sheriff's Office coerced his wife into making statements against him.

"My wife and I have reconciled since then. Those reports were not true and that's not what happened at my house," he told The Observer in May.

On June 14, two lawsuits seeking more than $2 million collectively were filed with the Colquitt County Superior Court clerk, bringing the number of active suits against the physician to four.

Two other lawsuits have been thrown out.

Both of the latest suits allege malpractice, specifically post-operative follow up care. In one case, the lawsut said the plaintiff had to have an ovary and a fallopian tube removed as a result of the alleged negligent care.

The other suit alleges that the patient received damage to her bladder and other organs after a hysterectomy, requiring additional procedures and surgeries. The suit claims this was due to poor post-operative care.

Lee, Moultrie OB/GYN Associates, Colquitt Regional Medical Center and the Colquitt County Hospital Authority are all defendants in both lawsuits.

Another lawsuit, filed in 2000, alleges that Lee admitted to leaving a sponge inside the plaintiff during surgery. A subsequent surgery was performed by Lee to remove the sponge, the lawsuit said.

The fourth pending lawsuit says that Lee had to perform emergency surgery because of negligent post-operative care from a previous surgery.

Lee, Moultrie OB/GYN and the Colquitt County Hospital Authority are listed as defendants on the latter two cases.

Lee now practices at the Evans Women's Center in Evans. Phone calls to Lee were not returned Tuesday.

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