Psych Crime Reporter

October 20, 2009

Psychiatrist Bruce Bennett placed on probation; admitted inappropriate contact with patient

On June 4, 2009, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) placed psychiatrist Bruce C. Bennett on probation until January 30, 2010 (the date on which his Washington license would expire).  Should he renew his license at that time, the probation would continue for three additional years.  In February 2009, DOH charged Bennett with having “crossed professional boundaries in treating Patient A” and that “On at least two occasions in or around March 2006, [he] had sexual contact with Patient A.  He also spoke to Patient A about his wife and compared her to his wife” while counseling the patient at Lourdes Medical Center.

Bennett later became the medical director at Sunderland Family Treatment Services.  The patient transferred her care to Sunderland.

The DOH document further states that in March 2008, the patient, who was receiving psychotherapy from a Sunderland therapist, approached Bennett as he entered a supply room at Sunderland and inquired of him about medication for sleep.  Bennett “turned and walked past Patient A without acknowledging her, ran down the hallway to his office and slammed the door.”  The patient later disclosed to her Sunderland therapist, Bennett’s sexual boundary violations at Lourdes.

A day later, the Operations Manager at Sunderland asked Bennett if he’d every been inappropriate with the patient.  Bennett “admitted that he had been inappropriate a few times, including kissing Patient A while seeing her at the night clinic. [Bennett] became very angry during the discussion, referring to Patient A as a ‘bitch’ and easily victimized…. [Bennett] expressed no concern for his patient or for betraying her trust.”

Sunderland then fired Bennett.

The DOH noted at the time it placed Bennett on probation that he was currently employed at a clinic in Wyoming and had no intention of returning to practice in the state of Washington.  Part of the DOH’s disciplinary order required Bennett to provide his Wyoming employer a copy of the DOH’s order within two weeks of its issuance.

A internet check discovered that Bennett is  currently employed at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute in Casper.

(Stipulated Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Agreed Order in the Matter of Bruce C. Bennett, M.D., License No. MD00039742, case no. M2008-118412, issued June 4, 2009.)

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  1. Unfortunately, this low life did not learn a lesson in Washington State, he carried his devious mental diseased behavior to Casper Wyoming. Washington State Department of Health should have ‘Revoked” and not “Suspended” his license. Bruce Bennet (The title Dr. was omitted on Purpose) escalated his inappropriate behavior while working in Casper Wyoming, only this time, he crossed the professional line with a certain Physician Assistant who was hired to work at the facility. The professional partner, whose husband was deployed to Afghanistan, was constantly and consistently harassed sexually and mentally by Bennett; and went as far as Bennett raping the employee by using the Date-Rape drug in her drink when he invited the employee to his dungeon. Sadly for Bennett, the employee confided in her husband, who cut his tour of duty short, and returned to Casper to deal with the situation. Bennett will probably refer to the employee as another “Fucking Bitch”; but we wonder when he will make that statement, since it seems that he was fired from his current employment. July 10/2011.

    Comment by an Wittness — July 10, 2011 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for this information. I will contact the WY board and see what’s available there.

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — July 11, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • I guess the physician assistant you mentioned never went to the Board with her complaint, but I would think that the WY Behavioral Institute would have. However, his license is in good standing in the state of WY.

      ???

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — July 12, 2011 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  2. i PERSONALLY KINOW DR. Bennet, he is caring and a good doctor, the probelm with the covert militaty specialist above is that he can not take care of his own wife “who is a hottite”, He has napolilan complex and whitemans disease. Geta grip soldier she went to his house and banged him becasue you werent.. go army

    Comment by John — January 18, 2012 @ 11:02 am | Reply

    • The only reason I published your moronic and semi-illiterate comment is to point up the fact that you identify yourself as an M.D. (probably a psychiatrist) and so all your doc buddies are “caring and good.” But you show yourself to be a callous ass when you tell this husband that it’s okay that Bennett did his wife because he wasn’t around—as if that’s justifies everything. How many other men’s wives have YOU banged, doc? Are you proud?

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — January 23, 2012 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

    • Hey John- your post is…well…shall we say morally bankrupt and degenerate? You beautifully quantified exactly the opposite of what you stated without realizing it. That’s the thing with despicable “people” of your nature…so foretelling….. Have another drink you good ol’ Boy and ponder this: YOU ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD. IDIOT.

      Comment by New Patient — April 18, 2013 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

      • It should be noted here that the Wyoming Board Of Medicine did take official notice of him in January of 2013. The document is on their website.

        His current “practice” moved again to 2nd &McKinley inside of the neurology business where he
        rents a closet sized room, where he operates solo, no secretary, zilch. The best thing of all is he sees FEMALE PATIENTS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS WITH NO ONE THERE…. JUST THE TWO OF YOU.
        desperately ill wouldn’t you say??

        Comment by New Patient — April 18, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

      • Thanks for the alert. I will get a hold of the document.

        Sue

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — April 27, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

      • I was able to view the document from the Wyoming Medical Board where they reinstated all of his rights without any restrictions. The terms of his probation stated he was to be physically viewed at all times during any patient contact with reports sent to the board via a designated third party. He was in complete violation of these terms while practicing at his current address. I was seen personally by this

        Comment by New Patient — May 2, 2013 @ 11:33 am


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