Fascinating story....guy does not have sex with married co-worker, but does get a blow job. She uses it to get preggers. Court backs her up...he has to pay...he IS the baby's father after all. So he counter sues.... Oh brother! What do YOU think? I dunno...I am vaguely reminded of the way some of the high school girls I knew would get knocked up in order to "build a relationship with her chosen man!"
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO - A man who says his former lover deceived him by getting pregnant using semen obtained through oral sex can sue for emotional distress — but not theft, an appeals court has ruled.
Dr. Richard O. Phillips accuses Dr. Sharon Irons of a "calculated, profound personal betrayal" six years ago, but she says they had the baby through sexual intercourse.
The Illinois Appeals Court said Wednesday that Phillips can press a claim for emotional distress after alleging Irons had used his sperm to have a baby, but agreed that however the baby was conceived, Irons didn't steal the sperm.
"She asserts that when plaintiff 'delivered' his sperm, it was a gift," the decision said. "There was no agreement that the original deposit would be returned upon request."
The ruling sends the case back to Cook County Circuit Court.
Phillips, a Chicago family doctor, alleges that he and Irons never had intercourse during their four-month tryst, although they had oral sex three times. His suit contends that Irons without his knowledge kept some of his semen.
The relationship ended, the suit said, when Phillips learned Irons had lied to him about being recently divorced and was still married to another doctor.
Irons, who practices internal medicine in suburban Olympia Fields, said in a telephone interview Thursday that Phillips knew she was still married during their affair, and also knew she was pregnant with his child.
"He was very supportive and very happy about it," she said. "He said, `You need to hurry up and get your divorce.'"
He promised to marry her and asked her to quit her job, she said, but several days before her last day at work, Phillips informed her that he "couldn't go through with it."
Nearly two years after their affair, Irons filed a paternity suit and Phillips was ordered to pay $800 a month in child support, said Irons' attorney, Enrico Mirabelli.
Phillips then sued Irons, claiming her actions caused him nausea and headaches and robbed him of sleep and his appetite. He is haunted by "feelings of being trapped in a nightmare," court papers state.
The appeals court ruling followed a decision by a lower court judge who dismissed Phillips' suit in 2003.