Suit alleging sperm theft reinstated

Feb. 24, 2005 at 1:02 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An appeals court has reinstated a suit against a Chicago area doctor accused of secretly stealing her lover's sperm to inseminate herself.

An Illinois appellate court held Dr. Sharon Irons of Olympia Fields can be held liable for inflicting emotional damage on the unwitting father of her child, the Chicago Daily Southtown said.

The ruling reinstated part of a lawsuit brought by Chicago physician Richard Phillips, accusing Irons of perpetrating a "calculated, profound personal betrayal" of Phillips after a brief tryst they had six years ago.

The pair allegedly never had sexual intercourse during the four-month affair, but did engage in oral sex three times. The lawsuit claimed that after one of those encounters, Irons kept some of Phillips' semen without his knowledge and later used it to impregnate herself.

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