His identical twin brother Dr. Scott Blankenburg was also charged with multiple charges of molestation and will be tried in April.
You'll need a strong stomach to view this photo of the twins kissing in court after the verdict was announced.
Here's one of many stories that are out today about the conviction:
From Channel 9 news in Ohio
US Pediatrician Found Guilty of Molesting Boys
A pediatrician was convicted Friday of 16 sex charges stemming from accusations he and his twin brother used their Ohio practice to molest boys and teenagers for over 20 years.
Mark and Scott Blankenburg, 53, collectively faced 76 charges of engaging in sex crimes with minors at their practice in the industrial city of Hamilton.Prosecutors said they slipped money and prescription drugs to the patients after the episodes.
The counts also involve drug trafficking, child pornography, bribery and money laundering.
Mark Blankenburg was tried first and a jury found him guilty of four counts of corrupting a minor, three counts of compelling prostitution, three child pornography counts and six sexual assault counts.
The judge will rule on the 25 remaining counts, a court spokeswoman said.
The alleged incidents remained secret for years and only emerged following a two-year investigation into allegations that Blankenburg was providing improper prescriptions to minors.
Authorities found what they called "child erotica" at the home shared by the twin pediatricians, who were known to take photographs at a local high school's athletic events.
According to the Kentucky Post, the 40,000 to 50,000 images seized from the home of Blankenburg were called "child erotica" by a child sex exploitation expert at the trial.
Dr. Cooper defined "child erotica as visual, written or physical depictions that provide a sexual fantasy for an individual extremely interested in children. She said pictures don't have to contain nude images or explicit sexual behavior.
"For example, a swim coach who might have a preferential interest in children might have in his possession numerous pictures of children in swim wear, swimming or at swim meet," she stated. "Those images are not illegal in our country, but they do serve a specific source of sexual gratification for a person with a preferential interest in children."
After spending hours reviewing images for prosecutors in Dr. Mark Blankenburg's case, Dr. Cooper formed an expert opinion on what she had seen. "These images are consistent with the term ‘child erotica,’" she said over and over again from the witness stand.
She said one photograph was of the backside of an adolescent male in a football uniform. Another showed a shirtless male soccer player by himself bending over with the camera focusing on the posterior area of his body. A third involved a boy without a shirt, but the camera focused on the swim trunks or shorts he was wearing.
Gee, as we were reading this we started thinking about how things in the Ayres trial might have been a whole lot different had the San Mateo PD thought to get the search warrant for those nude boy books. But kudos to to the Hamilton County, Ohio PD for succeeding in getting the right search warrant in the Blankenburg case.
And here are some poignant quotes from an Associated Press story from one of Blankenburg's victims who testified:
One of the accusers who testified against Mark Blankenburg also was there and said the trial had been tough, but the verdict was very important to him. The Associated Press does not identify sexual assault victims.
"Every time I heard a guilty it was like I felt a jolt run through me," he said.The accuser said a big part of his life has now been put behind him.
"I can start over," he said.
And speaking of doctors who give out "improper prescriptions to minors" anyone hear about the Ayres victim from the 60's who was given codeine by Ayres whenever he asked for it?