Neighbors say man wanted for 8 counts of sodomy against children was once a Blue Springs physician

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Jackson County Prosecutors charged a Lee's Summit man with eight counts of statutory sodomy on Thursday. Prosecutors say Joseph T. Mackey, born in 1972, inappropriately touched a child.

The sodomy accusations date back nearly 15 years ago and apparently have ties to a former doctor who surrendered his license for similar alleged incidents.

Neighbors told FOX 4's Katie Banks that Mackey was a physician in Blue Springs who moved out of their neighborhood a few years ago, shortly after he surrendered his medical license amidst accusations of sexual misconduct with several boys. Prosecutors would not confirm the new criminal charges are tied  to the state licensing case two years ago,  but Mackey's name and city, as well as details in this case closely match those in a story FOX 4 covered two years ago, in which a Blue Springs physician also named Joseph T. Mackey gave up his license after the Missouri Medical Board filed a complaint against him.

The State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts filed the complaint and requested an emergency suspension of the former Dr. Mackey’s license after three patients, who were under the age of 17 at the time, said that Dr. Mackey had improper sexual contact with them under the guise of a medical examination. In October of 2000, when one alleged victim was 15, he said that Dr. Mackey required him to ejaculate in the doctor's presence during a genital exam. Dr. Mackey denied the accusations and filed his own affidavit. He also provided an affidavit of his office nurse who stated she was familiar with two of the three individuals and that their treatment was “normal and appropriate.”

Again, officials would not confirm the Joseph T. Mackey charged with sodomy in Jackson County on Thursday is the same Joseph Mackey who was a practicing physician. However, these alleged incidents date back 15 years and one of the victim's initials matches the victim initials in these new charging documents.

Prosecutors say an arrest warrant has been issued, but he is not in police custody yet. Neighbors told FOX 4 when Mackey lived on their street, he was married and had two children.

Read the story from Oct. 29, 2013: Physician surrenders medical license over accusations of sexual misconduct with Boy Scouts