Infertility specialist Cecil B. Jacobson speaks to the media outside District Court after pleading not guilty to deceiving patients on Nov. 22, 1991. (Cynthia Johnson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

May 8, 1992 Twenty-five years ago this week, a federal judge sentenced Cecil B. Jacobson, a former Fairfax County infertility specialist, to five years in prison on 52 counts of fraud and perjury for lying to his patients. Prosecutors said Jacobson told patients that they were pregnant when they were not and used his own sperm to impregnate patients without telling them. As a result, prosecutors alleged, Jacobson may have fathered more than 70 children. At sentencing, U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris said he had “not seen a case where there has been this degree of emotional anguish and psychological trauma,”The Washington Post’s Robert F. Howe reported. For his part, Jacobson told Cacheris he “was totally unaware of the anger, anguish and hate I have caused — until these proceedings.” The case’s notoriety made it fodder for a “Saturday Night Live” sketch and a made-for-TV movie starring Melissa Gilbert. After leaving prison, Jacobson returned to his home state of Utah.

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