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

      • Dear Sir:

        I know Dr. Bennett well and felt I knew the PA in question well during the time of her tenure at Wyoming Behavioral Institute. I had the opportunity to meet the hero husband near the end of the PA’s stay in Wyoming. At the time this first posted, I wanted to respond but honored Dr. Bennett’s request not to do so.

        For the sake of transparency, the PA’s name is [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER]. Her spouse, “An Witness,” is in fact [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER]. Phone numbers may have changed in the interval years. [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] impressed me as very capable and caring in her work, very professional. [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] left the impression of a petulant little man who did not deserve the honor bestowed upon those who serve in our military.

        Agag was in military intelligence and used his “skill set” to surveil all [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] contacts in Wyoming, calling colleagues at their homes from his Army cell phone while he was in Afghanistan. [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] told me how [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] used his skills to access the military’s main computer, “Main Frame” to obtain financial records on one of her former boyfriends, a tennis professional in either California or Arizona.

        In your post “An Witness” [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] claims [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] “constantly and consistently harassed [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] sexually and mentally.” However, a month after this posting, Garcia filed an unsigned, undated complaint with the Wyoming Board of Medicine [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] with the same charge. The BOM rigorously investigated the claim, sending their investigative team to WBI for two days. The result of their extensive investigation led to complete and utter exoneration of Dr. Bennett.

        Then [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] accuses Dr. Bennett of “raping the employee,” [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER]. “An Witness,” [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] further asserts [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] “confided” in him. There is and was zero evidence supporting the charge, particularly in light of the Board of Medicine’s extensive investigation. No confiding in any friends, in Wyoming or elsewhere. No complaint to WBI administration. No evidence was ever offered. No complaint was ever made to local law enforcement. Nada. Knowing [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] by way of [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] own description, her “confiding in” him more than likely entailed interrogation as he would a Taliban militiaman.

        Dr. Bennett revealed to me that very early in the morning on July 5, 2011 [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] called him. Dr. Bennett was on call that night. [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] used his personal phone (according to [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER]) to call and threaten Dr. Bennett with bodily harm and mutilation. The next day and upon a lawyer’s recommendation, Dr. Bennett filed a complaint with the Casper Police Department ([IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER]). It was agreed [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] was more than a little unhinged, so establishing a paper trail was felt prudent.

        Five days later on July 10, 2011 [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] physically assaulted Dr. Bennett at a going-away party held in [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] honor. [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] “An Witness” was clearly unhinged. Upon further advice from a retired CIA agent, Dr. Bennett filed an additional complaint with the [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] that same day ([IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER]). The assault occurred as [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] and [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] arrived with [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] Rottweiler, “[IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER].”

        [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] resisted Casper Police as they investigated the original complaint of [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] threats against Dr. Bennett.

        [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] and [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION REMOVED BY PSYCH CRIME REPORTER] (“An Witness”) fled from law enforcement following the subsequent physical assault on Dr. Bennett. With the content of the post from “An Witness” in mind, why did the couple not choose to talk with law enforcement? Why did they choose instead to run away?

        This post by “An Witness” is shear prevarication and defamatory in both nature and content.

        Lilly Sauer

        Comment by Lilly Sauer — May 8, 2018 @ 12:08 am

      • Psych Crime Reporter reports the crime and misconduct of mental health “professionals,” however, we don’t publish persons’ phones numbers, addresses, or other identifying information. I am not sure what you were trying to accomplish by doing so.

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — May 14, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

      • Simply for the sake of transparency, particularly in light of the defamatory nature of “An Witness.” Kind sir, I would hope you would seek verifiable belief versus settling on mere rumor.

        Lilly Sauer

        Comment by Lilly Sauer — May 15, 2018 @ 7:19 am

      • Our post is based entirely on documents issued by the state Dept. of Health, rather than “mere rumour.” So, if you have a disagreement with the facts as the Dept. of Health has presented them, perhaps you should aim your suggestion to the Dept of Health.

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — May 15, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

      • I see. And Government is so utterly reliable, right? Think the Steele dossier … Was there any fact-checking applied to “An Witness”? – rhetorically. Of course not. But yet your site allowed a platform for blatant prevarication. Nice going, boss.

        Lilly Sauer

        Comment by Lilly Sauer — May 15, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

  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

  3. Dr. Bruce C. Bennett was terminated from Wyoming Neurological In early June 2015. He has not made a payment on a malpractice suit originated in Casper Wyoming. Need to look into possible inappropriate behavior with patient for cause of termination.

    Comment by Tmt — June 13, 2015 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

  4. I was a patient of Dr. Bennets’ for about two years. I knew about the sanctions when I began seeing him. For a short time (after WBI and on McKinley). For a short time before McKInley, I saw him in an office where the door remained cracked. Then on McKinley, the door was closed. I saw him only to manage my antidepressant. I am no longer his patient. He left suddenly from the clinic where I was seeing him and no one could (or would) tell me where he went.

    Comment by Patricia Shull — February 26, 2016 @ 1:24 pm | Reply


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