Psych Crime Reporter

February 25, 2010

California psych hospital chief arrest only the latest: A partial list of psychiatric child molesters

The February 24th  arrest of Claude E. Foulk, the (former) executive director of California’s Napa State Psychiatric Hospital on 35 felony counts of molestation involving a former foster child is, on its own, shocking.  However, this kind of conduct by psychiatric and mental health “professionals” is, unfortunately, rather common.  Here is a partial list of some of the more notable such cases:

On December 13, 2001, Indiana elementary school psychologist Stephen T. Serino was found guilty of 26 counts of child molestation and was later sentenced to 90 years in prison.  He had molested the son of a family friend 15 times over two years, beginning when the boy was 11 years old, while acting like “a father figure to the boy.”  Serino, who conducted psychological assessments in several school districts, was concurrently prosecuted in a neighboring county for sex acts with two minors, one of whom was a student he had assessed and later took the troubled student to his home, where he violated him.  He was sentenced in September 2002 to 140 years prison.  Hendricks County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie LeMay-Luken, referring to his first sentence, said,  “I can guarantee that when he is released, if he is alive, he will commit the offense again.  He is a serial pedophile.”

Source:   “Molester’s term in prison reduced,” The Indianapolis Star, November 21, 2003 and “Man found guilty on child sex charges,” The Indianapolis Star, August 24, 2002 and “Serino receives 385 years in prison, Linton Daily Citizen, December 28, 2001.

Alan J. Horowitz: On July 27, 1992 New Jersey psychiatrist Alan J. Horowitz was criminally convicted of sexually abusing an 9-year-old boy who had been his patient and given a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison. In addition to this case there were also charges that he sodomized three boys and sexually abused a girl between the years of 1990 and 1991. Horowitz had been convicted of sexual abuse once before in Maryland in 1983 for sexually molesting two brothers, aged 8 and 12. He was given a five-year suspended sentence on that case. A review of Horowitz’s background revealed that he had a 20 year history of sexual abuse incidents with young patients starting as far back as 1971 while a young medical resident at Duke University. Horowitz tried to justify his crimes by stating that he was a “normal pedophile” and that he had not used force on the children.
In September 1998 Michigan psychologist Stephen Viola, pleaded guilty to sexually touching two young boys he was counseling.  The circuit judge sentenced Viola to six months jail, telling him he should have followed the first rule of the Hippocratic Oath, which states, “First, do no harm.”  His license was also revoked and he was prevented from reapplying for it for three years.  As required by his plea, Viola also registered himself with Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry.

Source: Jessie Halladay, “Psychologist sentenced in sex case,” Times Herald, 5 September 1998.

William Lee Fuchs, a North Carolina psychologist was sentenced in August 1995 to 21 years prison for 49 sex crimes involving children.  One patient, who as a boy had been sent to Fuchs for counseling when his parents were going through a divorce, testified that at his second session with Fuchs, he broke down sobbing about his family situation.  “He (Fuchs) began to hug me, caress me a man would a woman.  He began to kiss my face and lips.”  After that, he began to perform “oral sex on me.”

Source: Andrea E. Ashby, “Victim, dad of victim testify,” Daily Herald, August 7, 1995.

California psychiatrist James H. White was criminally convicted of drugging a male patient until he was unconscious then sexually molesting him and sentenced to nearly seven years in prison.  Police discovered pictures and a videotape of the sexual molestation.  White was released on bail pending his criminal trial when he fled the country.  He was later captured in Texas with a 15-year-old boy.  During the criminal trial yet another man came forward with allegations that White had adopted him out of a mental institution when he was 16 years old and then proceeded to sexually abuse him for nearly 20 years.

Source: “Doctor sentenced in sex case,” Star Free Press, January 10, 1991; Jim Carlton and John Hurst, “Camp’s Psychiatrist Held in Sex Inquiry,” Los Angeles Times, March 16, 1990.

Psychologist Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, who worked under contract for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for 17 years and was a recognized adoption expert, was convicted on charges of sexually molesting his foster son for six years, starting the first day that the Department of Children and Family Services placed the then 8-year-old boy in Bourguignon’s home.  He fled the U.S. prior to trial and was sentenced June 30, 1993 in absentia to 36 years prison.  He was extradited back to the U.S. from Tunisia in 2004 to serve his sentence.

Source: “Counselor sentenced for foster son abuse,” Chicago Tribune, July 1, 1993 and “Hearing set for convicted child abuser,” Pioneer Press, January 29, 2004.

Robert Bruce Craft, a Georgia psychologist under contract to the state’s Department of Children and Family Services was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May, 2000, having been convicted of 99 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, 15 counts of felony child molestation and three counts misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a child.  Craft was found to possess over 600 photos he had taken of children exposing their genitals.  Twelve of his photographic subjects were children that were referred to him for treatment by the DCF.  Though the Court of Appeals reversed 71 of the sexual exploitation convictions, they did not reduce the 20-year sentence.

Source: “Psychologist Convicted in Child Cases,” Fulton County Daily Report, March 27, 2000 and “Judge finds psychologist guilty jurist rules after defense declines to call witnesses in child sexual exploitation case,” The Augusta Chronicle, March 24, 2000.

On July 23, 1999 California psychiatrist Burnell G. Forgey pleaded guilty to five counts of molesting a teenage boy who was his patient.  Forgey spent over a year in jail and surrendered his medical license.  Forgey worked as a psychiatrist for troubled youth group homes and was arrested after police discovered that he and a registered sex offender named James Lee Crummel had drugged and forced a teenage patient to have sex with them on numerous occasions. Crummel had met Forgey when he was getting therapy from him and had been hired by Forgey to be his assistant.  Forgey not only committed sex crimes himself but allowed a dangerous sex offender – with a rap sheet spanning decades of sexual assaults and murder against children – access to numerous vulnerable children and teenagers as he took Crummel along when he saw patients and allowed him unsupervised access to the children.

Source: Thao Hua, “Arraignment Postponed for Ex-psychiatrist,” Los Angeles Times, May 7,1998; Thao Hua and Scott Martelle, “Other Possible Molest Victims of Psychiatrist Are Being Sought,” Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1998; “Crummel,” City News Service, Sept. 17, 1999; John McDonald, “Doctor Sentenced in molestation,” The Orange County Register, July 24, 1999.

Psychologist Stephen Andrew Gilmore was sentenced March 9, 2004 to nine months jail and ordered to pay restitution of $10,000 to the victim, a girl he admitted sexually abusing, beginning when she was seven years old.  Gilmore had been in a relationship with the girl’s mother from 1990 to 1993, living with them in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Gilmore would get the seven-year-old to walk on his back for the purpose of massage and, after one such occasion, asked her to masturbate him, showing her how when she expressed reluctance.  The judge revealed that the girl “became shut-down and reclusive” and began to had suicidal thoughts by age 12.

Source: “Psychologist jailed for abusing child,” New Zealand Herald, March 9, 2004.

On August 24, 2006, Texas child psychiatrist Donald Hughes entered a plea of guilty to charges of indecency involving young patients.  Hughes is expected to receive five years in prison for each of three counts as part of a plea bargain.  Hughes was first arrested April 22, 2004, and charged with two counts of indecency with a child after two patients alleged that he fondled them in April 2003.  A third victim came forward later, after his mother read a news article about the first two allegations.  He was sentenced September 5, 2006 to three five-year prison sentences.

Source: “Child psychiatrist gets prison terms,” Star-Telegram, September 6, 2006 and “Child psychiatrist enters guilty plea,” Star-Telegram, August 24, 2006.
On February 3, 2010, The Texas Medical Board indefinitely suspended child psychiatrist William Olmstead for failure to comply with terms of his Board-ordered probation, which required, among other things, that he submit to a psychiatric evaluation.  Olmstead pleaded no contest in January 2009 to indecency with a child and was sentenced to six years deferred adjudication (meaning if he complied with terms of his criminal probation—which is unrelated to the probation of his license by the medical board—then the conviction would removed from his record).  He was also placed on the sex offender registry. According to reports, he was charged after a young girl who lived next door said he’d molested her.

Source: “Board suspends medical license of child psychiatrist who is registered sex offender,” Dallas Morning News, February 4, 2010.

Director of state psychiatric hospital Director of state hospital arrested, charged with repeatedly raping foster child

From a press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department February 24, 2010:

In September 2009, Long Beach Detectives from the Sex Crimes Detail began investigating a child molestation case that occurred in the City of Long Beach from 1975 – 2006 involving 5 victims known to the suspect.  The investigation led investigators to Claude Edward Foulk a 63-year-old Napa resident.

On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Sex Crimes Detectives arrested Foulk in Napa California on a $3.5 million dollar warrant issued by The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for 35 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child.

The investigation is on going and detectives believe there could be additional victims or witnesses.  Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Sex Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7368.

From a press release issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office February 24, 2010:

The executive director of the Napa State Hospital was arrested today on a felony complaint for arrest warrant, charging him with sexually molesting a foster child for more than a decade when they lived in Long Beach.

Claude Edward Foulk, 62 (dob 12-19-47), was arrested at the Napa facility this morning by Long Beach police, said Deputy District Attorney Lesley Klein, deputy in charge of the Long Beach VIP program. He was charged Tuesday in case NA084803 with 35 felony counts, including 22 counts of forcible oral copulation, 11 counts of sodomy by use of force, and two counts of forcible lewd act on a child. Prosecutors are asking bail be set at $3.5 million.

Foulk, who was appointed to the position in March of 2007, allegedly began sexually molesting the 10-year-old boy in the fall of 1992, shortly after Foulk took him in as a foster child. The sexual molestation allegedly continued through 2003, after he and the youth moved to Walnut.

Klein said there are numerous other alleged victims who fall outside the statute of limitations. Police were alerted to the allegations of sexual assault last year after one alleged victim, now in his 40s, discovered Foulk was in charge of a hospital in Northern California. The hospital houses inmates who are sexual offenders.

If convicted on all counts, Foulk faces more than 280 years in prison.

Arraignment information will be released later.

From the Los Angeles Times, February 24, 2010:

The executive director of Napa State Hospital, a Northern California mental institution whose patients include convicted child molesters, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexually molesting a foster child in his care for more than a decade.

Claude Edward Foulk, 62  had been charged Tuesday with 35 felony counts, including 22 counts of forcible oral copulation, 11 counts of sodomy by use of force and two counts of forcible lewd act on a child, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors asked that bail be set at $3.5 million.

If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 280 years in state prison.

An appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Foulk allegedly began molesting the then-10-year-old boy in the fall of 1992, shortly after taking him in as a foster child. They lived in Long Beach at the time, authorities said.

The molestation allegedly continued through 2003, after Foulk and the youth moved to Walnut.

Prosecutors said there are “numerous” additional victims “who fall outside the statute of limitations.” According to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office, they cannot pursue cases of molestation that occurred before 1988 because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Police were alerted to the allegations of sexual assault last year after one alleged victim, now in his 40s, discovered that Foulk was in charge of a hospital in Northern California.

Neither Foulk nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

State officials released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Foulk had been removed from his job.

February 24, 2010

Kentucky psychiatrist Douglas Rank arrested in stabbing of woman

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From Cincinnati.com, February 22, 2010:

COVINGTON – A psychiatrist has been charged with stabbing a woman at his Covington office Sunday night.

Douglas Rank, 51, of Golf Manor, was being held Monday in the Kenton County jail where he is charged with first degree assault.

About 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Covington police responded to the third floor of 12 W. Pike St. for a report of an assault with injuries, said Covington Police spokesman Spike Jones.

When police arrived they found Misty Luke, 32, in the doorway with stab wounds to her chest, Jones said. She was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries, he said.

Psychiatrist Douglas Rank's booking photo

Rank was inside being held by witnesses, Jones said. He was taken into custody and police recovered a sword that they believe to be the weapon, Jones said.

Police were investigating the incident Monday and had not determined the relationship between Rank and Luke, Jones said. He did not know whether she was a patient.

Rank is being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. He is listed in jail records as living in Cincinnati, and Hamilton County Auditor records show he owns a home on Stover Avenue in Golf Manor.

According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Rank’s license is active this week, but is it set to expire on Sunday.

He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1984, according to state records.

Rank, who is also board certified in internal medicine, had his license to practice medicine restricted by the board in 2001 it found that after he prescribed “high doses of narcotic prescriptions” to one patient while practicing in Lexington.

The Board of Medical Licensure found that Rank given the patient 57 prescriptions over 14 months. Rank agreed to no longer treat the patient.

Rank also faced disciplinary action from the board in 2000 after he admitted he had sexual intercourse with another patient.

February 19, 2010

Lawsuit: psychiatrist Harvey Rosenberg admitted to dating patient’s ex-wife

On January 29, 2010, Steven B. Kay filed a lawsuit in Oakland County (Michigan) Circuit Court against his former psychiatrist Harvey J. Rosenberg, alleging that Rosenberg betrayed Kay by dating his ex-wife.

Kay’s lawsuit alleges that Laurie Kay, his wife of 13 years, told him in Spring 2001 that she wanted a divorce.   Mr. Kay then became depressed with suicidal thoughts.  As his mental-emotional condition further deteriorated, he was referred to Rosenberg for treatment.

Rosenberg counseling Kay for several weeks and then suggested seeing Kay and his wife together.  He also counseled Laurie Kay individually and even counseled the couple’s son.

Despite counseling, Laurie Kay followed through with the divorce.

Mr. Kay made a suicide attempt in November 2001.   He continued counseling with Rosenberg, who advised him to accept the divorce and to agree to a divorce settlement contrary to the recommendations of Kay’s attorney.  “Upon information and belief,” states the suit, “Rosenberg referred Laurie to the attorney who represented her in her divorce…[which] was finalized in January 2006.”  Mr. Kay continued to counsel with Rosenberg.

Following the divorce, Kay grew more depressed and, despite meeting and dating other women, he “obsessed over Laurie hoping that she would come back to him.”  He expressed these feelings to Rosenberg, along with feelings that he would never again be happy.  He additionally communicated to Rosenberg “his hurt, betrayal and anger upon learning about Laurie’s infidelity during their marriage.”

Kay spent more than $25,000 on therapy with Rosenberg.

In March 2009, Laurie contacted Mr. Kay to advise him that she and Rosenberg were dating.

Kay confronted the psychiatrist over phone.  Rosenberg admitted that it was true.

Rosenberg agreed to a face-to-face meeting a week later in which he admitted that his actions were wrong.  Rosenberg further attempted to justify his ethical breach and unprofessionalism by telling Kay that he “was in a loveless marriage; that his time was limited due to lung cancer; and that he wanted to experience happiness.”

View lawsuit:

http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/02/10/DocandEx.pdf.

February 17, 2010

London psychiatrist Adekumle Yesufu convicted in Belfast of exposing himself to three women

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On February 12, 2009, psychiatrist Adekumle Yesufu was convicted in Belfast Magistrates’ Court of three counts of exposing himself.

One of the women told the court how the three women walked out of the apartment in embarrassment when Yesufu began touching himself. She said: “He was masturbating in front of me. He pulled the top of his jogging bottoms down, sitting across from me on the opposite sofa. He was looking directly at me.”

Yesufu was arrested at the scene when police were called on 13 August 2009.

Yesufu, who practices in London, told the court that he had come to Northern Ireland to visit a woman he previously worked with in England, claiming the two had formed an intimate relationship, which had not yet progressed to include sexual intercourse.

The woman’s account did not correspond to Yesufu’s:  She stated that they had only kissed on one occasion after a work night out in 2006.

According to Dr Yesufu they had a drink in a local bar following his arrival in Belfast and then took a bottle of spirits back to her apartment, where they were joined by two of the woman’s friends.

Asked by defense counsel if he had exposed himself or masturbated, he replied: “No.”

But when she questioned whether he had an erection under his clothes which may have been misconstrued, he said: “I might have.”

Dr Yesufu said he did not understand what was happening when the women returned and asked him to pick up his belongings.

He added: “It just didn’t make any sense to me, and it still doesn’t make sense.”

But the prosecutor put it to him: “Isn’t it the case that in a short period of time three girls were present and you masturbated in from of them and you did this to shock them and insult them?”

The psychiatrist stressed: “It’s not the case.”

Following his evidence, however, District Judge Ken Nixon found him guilty of three counts of intentionally exposing his genitals.

February 15, 2010

Kansas psychiatrist Douglas Geenens disciplined for second time by state board

Douglas Lee Geenens, D.O., is a Kansas City area physician who specializes in psychiatry and child psychiatry. He has operated mainly in the Overland Park area of Kansas but also was also licensed in Missouri until October 2007.

On February 4, 2010, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts censured Geenens for sexual misconduct.

The Board found, as a matter of fact, that <a href=”http://”>Geenens slept in the same bed as one of his patients</a> during the time he was treating the patient.  Geenens admitted the same at hearing and conceded that such behavior was a boundary violation.

The <a href=”http://www.ksbha.org/boardactions/Documents/geenens_10.pdf”>Board’s document</a> states that the board “takes administrative notice of the fact…[that Geenens’ actions] have caused a public outcry in both the press and in the Kansas Legislature.  The public perceives it should be protected from the actions of licensees who commit violations of the Healing Arts Act, such as by [Geenens].  The desire of the public to be protected from licensees who violate the…Act…is an aggravating factor which weighs against [Geenens].”

In addition to censure, the Board fined Geenens $5,000 and ordered him to pay $27,477.56, for the Board’s costs of investigation and hearing.

This is only the latest action in Geenens’ well-documented disciplinary history:

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts suspended his medical license for six months on December 11, 2004 with all but seven days stayed. The reason for this disciplinary action was that Dr. Geenens engaged in a social and then sexual relationship with a former patient–the wife of a colleague who had come to him for treatment of “depression and marital issues,” according to the Kansas Board’s Order, which you can see <a href=”http://www.ksbha.org/boardactions/Documents/geenens.pdf”>here</a&gt;.

Dr. Geenens married this former patient in Key West, Florida on December 15, 2007.

Dr. Geenens was under investigation by the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts but quietly “retired” his license in October 2007 when it was due for renewal. This, according to an official letter from the Board, “closed the Board’s case” against him.

Dr. Geenens was the treating psychiatrist of 13-year-old Matthew Miller, who hanged himself after one week on the Geenens-prescribed antidepressant Zoloft in July 1997. Zoloft is manufactured by the the Pfizer pharmaceutical company. According to a deposition Geenens gave in a lawsuit filed by Miller’s parents against Pfizer, Geenens was (and possibly still is) a highly paid Pfizer speaker, frequently given promotional talks on Zoloft. Story <a href=”http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1285024/posts”>here</a&gt; (particularly paragraph 28).

Some time between December 2004 and present, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts re-opened an investigation of Dr. Geenens, due in part perhaps to complaints filed by Citizens Commission on Human Rights, citing his ongoing relationship with the former patient as a continuing violation of rules and regulations governing the conduct of physicians.

On October 29, 2008, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts filed a 23-count disciplinary Petition against Dr. Geenens, seeking to suspend or revoke his license for numerous alleged violations, 20 of which state that he prescribed psychiatric drugs to patients and non-patients without sufficient examinations. It also cites “boundary issues” in connection with improper relationships with patients. In one case, the Petition states that Geenens told a patient, “You need to get a divorce, move to the Plaza and we could have breakfast together.” The document has not yet been published by the Board, but you can see local news about it <a href=”http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/865718.html”>here</a&gt;.

February 10, 2010

State seeking to suspend, revoke license of psychiatrist John T. Nasse, Jr.

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On January 28, 2010, the Medical Board of California issued an Accusation, seeking to suspend or revoke the license of psychiatrist John T. Nasse, Jr.

The Board’s document alleges that Nasse committed gross negligence, repeated acts of negligence involving several patients and failure to maintain adequate and accurate records, regarding one patient. Specifically, the document states that, among other things, Nasse:

  • Prescribed the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone to a patient 48 times in 30 months in 100 tablet increments—far in excess of appropriate dosage levels;
  • Failed to consult with the patient’s pain management to ensure that the patient was not receiving duplicate prescriptions and
  • Failed to refer the patient to a neurologist or pain management specialist.
  • Prescribed a tricyclic antidepressant to another patient but did not tricyclic blood levels or a drug screen to determine what other drugs the patient was taking. The patient died of a drug overdose on a combination of drugs all prescribed by Nasse.
  • Prescribed a benzodiazepine to a Board investigator who presented as a patient, without conducing an appropriate examination or evaluation.
  • Prescribed benzodiazepines 19 times in a one-year period to a patient with a history of alcohol abuse—far in excess of appropriate dosage levels.

Source: Accusation, In the Matter of the Accusation Against John T. Nasse, Jr., M.D., Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate No. C29053, Case No. 05-2007-181416, Medical Board of California, filed January 28, 2010.

February 9, 2010

State of Washington suspends counselor James McClure again; suspended in 2000 over false insurance claims

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On November 18, 2009, the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) suspended indefinitely the license of registered counselor James L. McClure.

The DoH initially suspended McClure’s registration on June 21, 2000 for seven years upon the results of an investigation that determined that:

1. McClure had filed a claims with a county health plan for reimbursement for the individual counseling of one client;

2. the client did not receive individual counseling, but group counseling;

3. the counseling was not provided by McClure;

4. the claims were denied because McClure was not a qualified services provider;

5. McClure submitted claim forms for the same client, indicating that the individual counseling sessions were delivered by a social worker that was an employee of McClure’s but which were not in actuality providing by this individual;

6. the county health plan audited McClure and determined that McClure had made unsubstantiated claims in excess of $72,000;

7. The county made a demand for the amount in a settlement and McClure agreed to return $48,419;

8. McClure was allowed to continue billing the county and 100% of his claims were audited;

9. it was found that McClure and/or his employees continued to submit unsubstantiated claims for reimbursement and

10. McClure did not repay the entire $48,419.

Conditions of the seven-year suspension of his credential included, upon reinstatement of his license in May 2008, that he cause his practice supervisor to submit semi-annual reports and that he complete 18 hours of course work in the area of professional law and ethics. McClure failed to comply with the conditions.

Source: Stipulated Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Agreed Order and Notice of Decision on Application and Order of Non-Compliance in the Matter of Marie Elaine Reynolds, Credential No. RC60048121, Master Case No. M1998-102009, Washington Department of Health, filed June 21, 2000 and November 18, 2009, respectively.

February 4, 2010

Maine mental health counselor Anne Dellenbaugh surrenders license for sex with former client

On October 26, 2009, the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure formally reprimanded counselor Anne G. Dellenbaugh and accepted the permanent surrender of professional counselor registration.

These actions were based on the Board’s response to a complaint which it received in January 2009 from one of Dellenbaugh’s peers, alleging that Dellenbaugh admitted to being in an “intimate, romantic relationship with a counseling client.”

The Board’s document further states that Dellenbaugh admitted that she terminated the therapist-client relationship in April 2008 due to the client’s expressed personal attraction and her own unexpressed reciprocation and that she engaged in a personal relationship with a former client beginning in July 2008 and proceeded to a sexual relationship in December 2008.

Source: Consent Agreement In re: Anne G. Dellenbaugh, Complaint No. 2009-COU-5246, State of Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure, October 26, 2009.

February 2, 2010

State of Washington revokes counselor’s license for sexual misconduct with client

On November 6, 2009, the Washington Department of Health (DoH) revoked counselor Tony G. Ogemahgeshig’s credential.

According to the DoH’s document, this action was the results of Ogemahgeshig’s conduct with a single client, described as having:

1. a past history of addiction of alcohol;
2. a past history of abuse by multiple male perpetrators and
3. due to experiences with a past male perpetrator who would drive in an erratic manner in an attempt to coerce the client not to disclose his abuse, the client was fearful of driving and did not drive.

Ogemahgeshig was aware of these conditions at the time he provided services to the client.

Nonetheless, among Ogemahgeshig’s violations were that he asked the client out to lunch on a Saturday and the client agreed. Ogemahgeshig drank a bottle of wine prior to picking up the client and smelled of alcohol. He arrived at her house wearing sweats and slippers and explained that he need to go home and shower before lunch. He did not explain to the client that his home was located in a rural community approximately 25 miles from her home. He drove in an erratic manner and at high speeds. Once at his house, he initiated hugs and kisses on the client. He then took a shower, during which he left the door open and called out to the client to bring him soap, which she did. After his shower, he emerged from the bathroom in only bikini briefs and asked the client to get in bed with him, which she reluctantly agreed to—getting on the bed. Ogemahgeshig got her under the covers and proceeded to rub her body through her clothes and under her shirt, kissed and hugged her and told her he was sexually attracted to her. She persuaded him to stop and they proceeded to lunch, where he again drove in an erratic manner at high rates of speed.

During lunch, Ogemahgeshig disclosed personal information about himself, his romantic history and his hope that the client could help him stay sober. As a result of Ogemahgeshig’s conduct, the client suffered substantial emotional stress, began drinking again and attempted suicide.

Source: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Order, In the Matter of Tony G. Ogemahgeshig, Credential No. RC00040089, Master Case No. M2008-117818, Washington Department of Health, November 6, 2009.

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