Wife of ND surgeon testifies at sex assault trialFARGO, N.D. (AP) — The wife of a North Dakota surgeon on trial for allegedly drugging the woman with a powerful anesthetic and sexually assaulting her testified Friday that it was “true horror” waking up to her husband having sex with her.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The wife of a North Dakota surgeon on trial for allegedly drugging the woman with a powerful anesthetic and sexually assaulting her testified Friday that it was “true horror” waking up to her husband having sex with her.
Alonna Norberg testified that she did not give her husband, Dr. Jon Norberg, permission to give her propofol that night and did not consent to having sex while under its influence, according to a story published Friday by The Forum. Propofol is a medication that gained notoriety during the trial of the doctor who treated pop star Michael Jackson.
Alonna Norberg testified Friday that she woke up one night in June 2011 to her husband forcing her to engage in oral sex. The Associated Press typically does not identify alleged victims of sex crimes, but Alonna Norberg has spoken publicly about the case.
“I felt like I was choking and it was like I was suffocating,” Alonna she said, adding that moments later she blacked out.
She said that the incident was not the first time she woke up to find her husband having sex with her, but that the previous experience seemed to strange and unreal that she thought it may have been a dream.
But she said the June incident was different. In the morning she found a syringe on the floor and a bottle of propofol. While her husband slept, she made a video of the scene.
Defense lawyers say Alonna Norberg concocted the story to use in possible divorce and child custody proceedings. Jon Norberg faces up to life in prison if found guilty of the charge of gross sexual imposition.