Investigation into Fertility Clinic Worker who Switched Sperm ‘Inconclusive’

According to BioNews, the report continues as follows:

Lab technician Thomas Lippert, now deceased, was hired to work at the University of Utah’s Community Laboratory in 1988 until 1993, when, for reasons unknown, his employment ended. The facility was adjacent to the Reproductive Medical Technologies fertility clinic, where Mr. Lippert may also have worked. Allegations surfaced in 2013 that Mr. Lippert had inseminated one of the patients, Pamela Branum, with his own sperm after the family conducted genetic tests that showed that Branum’s husband was not the genetic father of their daughter. The family contacted the University of Utah after identifying Mr. Lippert as the probable father and it launched a review to investigate the links it had with the clinic and the circumstances around the alleged incident. The committee, consisting of three university physicians, released its report last week. It notes that Mr. Lippert, who had previous convictions for a kidnapping incident, was hired without a background criminal check and was also a registered sperm donor, often processing his own samples. The University apologized to the implicated family for the mix-up. The Branums have criticized the report’s conclusions, however, raising concerns over the evidence reviewed by the committed. ‘We are disappointed by what we perceive as a cursory, biased and incomplete investigation on the part of the University of Utah committee’, they said in a statement. ‘We know that key witnesses who have knowledge relative to the andrology lab at the University of Utah were not interviewed; consequently, we believe the findings are highly questionable’.