An Amarillo neurosurgeon has been accused by at least five people of sexual assault with minors, according to an attorney who has filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the mother of a teenager formerly under the doctor’s care.
The boy’s mother is suing Dr. Jeffrey Cone for more than $1,000,000 for inappropriate sexual contact, according to the suit filed Tuesday morning in Potter County District Court by Lubbock attorney Kevin Glasheen and the personal injury law firm of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman LLP.
Glasheen told the Amarillo Globe-News that by 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, he or his office had been contacted by four other parties claiming similar experiences by Cone, whose practice at 6822 Plum Creek Drive closed Nov. 29, according to a sign posted at that location.
Calls to Cone’s listed office number were directed to an offsite answering service.
The others who reached out to allege sexual assault by Cone did so after news of the lawsuit broke Tuesday afternoon, Glasheen said, adding that they did not come forward earlier because they “did not want to be the only ones.”
The lawsuit, which uses the pseudonyms of John Doe for the teen and Jane Doe for his mother because of the age of the plaintiff, claims Cone had been treating the boy since he was nine months old after he suffered a brain bleed. Then, when he was about 15, the lawsuit said the boy began expressing interest in becoming a doctor, so Cone offered the alleged victim a job at the clinic.
The boy did office management tasks and shadowed Cone during surgery, according to the suit. Cone then started buying the boy expensive gifts and asked the teen to stay late to help him “read MRIs,” the suit claims.
“Over the course of an extended period, Defendant Dr. Cone utilized his position as a medical doctor to manipulate Plaintiff Doe into allowing Dr. Cone to sexually molest and assault him,” the suit says. “Dr. Cone exploited Plaintiff Doe’s trust as his medical doctor and convinced Plaintiff Doe that his sexual molestation was medical treatment to help him with his back pain.”
The suit goes on to say that “Cone’s molestation of Plaintiff Doe violated the highest degree of confidence, good faith and moral guidance expected of him given his position as both a surgical doctor and Plaintiff Doe’s mentor and boss. Due to this extreme violation, Plaintiff Doe has suffered severe and permanent mental and emotional damages.”
Glasheen said all of this happened over the last year at the Amarillo clinic. The alleged sexual assault was discovered in October.
The four other alleged victims who have contacted Glasheen detailed similar experiences of inappropriate touching and “felt confused and manipulated,” he said.
Texas Medical Board online records showed no criminal or malpractice complaints having been filed against Cone, who graduted from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1975.
Records show he has been practicing medicine for 36 years, all in Texas. He was certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1984 and has priveliges in Amarillo’s major hospitals, according to the medical board.