(news from ABWE website)
March 20, 2012
Donn Ketcham surrenders medical license
Ketcham pleaded no-contest to allegations of a “violation of general duty” and “lack of good moral character.” By doing so, he did not admit to the allegations filed in the complaint but allowed the Board of Medicine’s Disciplinary Subcommittee to proceed as if the allegations are true.
The complaint, filed on behalf of the Michigan attorney general, indicated three other women, minors at the time of the abuse, stepped forward during the investigation and reported being abused by Ketcham in Bangladesh.
ABWE terminated Ketcham in 1989 after confirming a report of sexual abuse of a female minor, but did not do further investigations or reporting until 2011. ABWE officials have since expressed profound regret for mishandling the situation and its aftermath.
“We hope this will be another step in the direction of bringing healing to individuals who have suffered and families that have been affected,” said ABWE Executive Administrator Al Cockrell. “Although nothing can wipe away what happened, we are resolved to do everything possible to promote healing.”
In recent years, ABWE has instituted a number of safeguards designed to prevent future incidents of abuse, including helping found the Child Safety and Protection Network in 2006, adopting the Policy and Manual for Child Protection in 2010 and hiring G.R.A.C.E. to investigate the allegations against Ketcham in 2011.