Psych Crime Reporter

March 29, 2012

UK psychiatrist under investigation for falsely diagnosing parents with mental disorders; attempted to surrender license to avoid investigation but board said no

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A psychiatrist from Blunsdon (England) faces claims he deliberately misdiagnosed parents with mental disorders decisions which meant their children were taken away from them.

Dr George Hibbert faces being struck off over his conclusions that hundreds of parents had personality disorders after assessing them at his private family centre.

He was paid hundreds of thousands of pounds by social services for the reports, which tore children from their parents – many of them young mothers.

He is now being investigated over suggestions he distorted the assessments to fit the view of social services.

In one case, he is alleged to have wrongly diagnosed a caring new mother – named only as Miss A – with bipolar disorder because her local authority wanted the baby adopted.

After being confronted, Dr Hibbert, 59, offered to surrender his licence to practise as a doctor at his busi- ness Assessment in Care, rather than face a General Medical Council inquiry.

But his request has been rejected by the GMC which says there are still ‘unresolved concerns regarding his fitness to practise’.

He will now face a full fitness to practise hearing.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, has raised concerns about Dr Hibbert in Parliament, and has written to Justice Secretary Ken Clarke demanding a full parliamentary inquiry.

Earlier this week, a study for the Family Justice Council revealed how life-changing decisions about the care of children are routinely being made on the basis of flawed evidence. A fifth of ‘experts’ are unqualified.

Dr Hibbert charged local authorities £6,000 ($9,500) a week for every family in his care and £210 ($330) an hour just to read documents such as medical records.

By 2007 his company, was making a profit of around £460,000 ($727,000) a year from his lucrative arrangement with social services. He is now worth more than £2.7m ($4.2 million).

A GMC investigations officer confirmed Dr Hibbert ‘has now applied for voluntary erasure from the medical register’.

The letter continued: “He has no intention of returning to clinical practice.”

A spokesman for Dr Hibbert at the Medical Protection Society said professional confidentiality meant Dr Hibbert was ‘unable to comment on allegations raised in relation to care of a patient’.

Source: Katie Bond, “Parents’ anger at shrink’s ‘false’ diagnosis,” www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk, March 21, 2012.

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Grand jury indicts psychiatrist for illegally distributed drugs resulting in five deaths

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A federal grand jury indicted an Oklahoma City psychiatrist Wednesday on charges he illegally distributed drugs including morphine and oxycodone to eight people, five of whom died.

Amar Nath Bhandary, 51, was charged in a 53-count indictment alleging that he dispensed various controlled drugs to eight people outside the course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose in 2008 and 2009.

It is also alleged that Bhandary’s actions resulted in the death of five of those people from drug toxicity. The drugs allegedly dispensed by the doctor are pain relievers and depressants. They include morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, oxymorphone, meperidine, alprazolam, diazepam, temazepam and clonazepam, according to the indictment.

Calls to Bhandary’s office Wednesday were answered with a recorded message saying he is closing his medical practice.

Read the indictment here.

Source: Tim Willert, “OKC psychiatrist indicted on drug charges,” The Oklahoman, March 21, 2012.

State reprimands mental health counselor Joe W. Gladden for threatening, disparaging client

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A marriage counselor who “threatened’’ and made disparaging remarks to a client was reprimanded, fined $1,000 and told to undergo counseling for his behavior, according to a disciplinary order filed recently by the Minnesota Board of Behavior Health and Therapy.

The female client had confronted the counselor, Joe W. Gladden, formerly of White Bear Lake, about a personal relationship Gladden was having with her husband — also a client, the order said.
Gladden threatened to file a lien on the woman’s house and have her arrested if she “filed a Board complaint premised on a lie,” the order said. It also said he wrote, “You are a severely, psychologically disturbed individual … a prime candidate to resort to lies,” and suggested the board would not take her seriously.

Here is the full exerpt from a letter written by Gladden to the client, as referenced in the board’s disciplinary order:

“You are a severely, psychologically disturbed individual, with multiple chemical dependencies, including daily use of heavy amounts of alcohol, prescription and illegal narcotics, and marijuana — which you regularly purchase from your drug dealer cousin. You are a raging alcoholic, with a severe personality disorder that makes you a prime candidate to resort to lies and unethical behavior when dealing with others. Your chart at my office is replete with references to your inappropriate behavior. With all this information, one is left to wonder if any claim you might make would be taken seriously once they requisition your chart, considering your long history of drug abuse, recent DUI arrest and multiple incidents of domestic violence involving your husband.”

Source: Jane Friedman, “Counselor cited for disparaging a client,” The Whistleblower (blog section of Minneapolis Star Tribune), March 16, 2012.

It’s time to investigate the psychiatrists treating our soldiers at “one of the most troubled” U.S. bases

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SEATTLE — The call would soon become excruciatingly familiar: A 28-year-old Army specialist from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, recently home from Afghanistan, had walked into a parking garage in Salt Lake City with a full set of body armor, ammunition clips and his AR-15 rifle.

Five weeks before the 2010 incident, Spc. Brandon Barrett had gone absent without leave after a drunken-driving arrest near the sprawling military base in Washington state and had begun sending ominous messages to friends. “About to show the world they shouldn’t (mess) with soldiers back from a deployment,” he said in one.

Barrett died after firing at a police officer, and Lewis-McChord was rocked by questions about how a soldier so angry had been able to go AWOL in plain sight for weeks.

Since then, the base has become one of the most troubled in the U.S. Army. This week, accusations that a Lewis-McChord sergeant in southern Afghanistan shot to death at least 16 civilians were added to the dozens of cases of murders, suicides, assaults and other crimes linked to soldiers from the base.

The largest military base on the West Coast, with more than 60,000 military and civilian personnel, Lewis-McChord is one of the main infantry engines for Iraq and Afghanistan. Lately, the base has earned a reputation for a series of horrific crimes emanating from there, including those by a “kill team” of Stryker brigade soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians for sport, a father accused of water-boarding his child and a soldier accused of dousing his wife’s legs with lighter fluid and setting her on fire.

Twelve suicides were reported last year among Lewis-McChord soldiers, and earlier this year, a 24-year-old Iraq war veteran shot and killed a park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park.

In February, the head of the base’s Madigan medical center was temporarily removed from duty after reports that diagnoses were overturned for hundreds of soldiers scheduled to receive help for post-traumatic stress disorder, allegedly in some cases in an attempt to save money.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has asked the Army surgeon general to launch a full investigation into how combat stress cases are handled at Lewis-McChord. Some soldiers report that they have long faced obstacles getting help for combat stress, with much of the base’s focus placed on preparing soldiers for new combat deployment.

The 38-year-old staff sergeant who reportedly turned himself in after the rampage in Afghanistan was attached to the 3rd Stryker Brigade combat team, part of the 2nd Infantry Division, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to a congressional source. The reported father of two has been in the Army for 11 years.

He had already served three tours in Iraq, where he suffered a traumatic brain injury, according to news reports. He was on his first deployment in Afghanistan, a U.S. official said.

The reaction around Lewis-McChord on Monday was largely one of stunned sadness, tinged with a dose of fatalism.

“It’s surprising, but it’s no longer a shock,” said Jorge Gonzalez, director of GI Voice, a group of mainly Lewis-McChord veterans calling for better mental health care for soldiers. “I just keep expecting, what else is going to happen out of this base?”

Army analysts say combat stress isn’t solely to blame for the record levels of suicides — and the substance abuse, domestic violence and assault — plaguing soldiers throughout the Army. The problems also stem from the normal domestic disputes and financial troubles in any large population of young men and women, the analysts say. Lewis-McChord officials say the base’s troubles are no worse than those at other U.S. military facilities with large troop numbers and heavy combat deployments.

Lewis-McChord has brought in a large number of psychiatrists to help troubled soldiers and has made it a priority for commanders to make sure their troops get help. The Army also has instituted a large number of new programs to help fight combat stress, including mental health screenings immediately upon troops’ return from deployments.

Service members and their families have long complained about the difficulty of getting good mental health services at Lewis-McChord, saying that soldiers are discouraged by their local sergeants or face stigma among peers. Many say they are handed prescriptions for an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication and dismissed.

Physicians at Madigan have been overwhelmed, many soldiers say, by the flood of troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan looking for help. Behavioral health visits rose sharply in 2010 to 101,000 from 93,000 the previous year and then increased again in 2011.

“I told them I couldn’t sleep, and they kept giving me pamphlets like, ‘Don’t drink a lot of caffeine before bed.’ I came in telling them I thought I was losing my mind, and all they had was PowerPoint seminars and workbooks,” said Greg Miller, who served as an infantryman in Iraq out of Lewis-McChord but was recently discharged.

Family members at the base tell stories of badgering the health care staff at Madigan for help, only to wait for hours at a walk-in clinic or be accused of faking symptoms to gain disability benefits.

For those reasons, there is a degree of sympathy for the soldier in custody in the Afghanistan shootings.

“Of course, what has happened is a complete atrocity. At the same time, it’s disheartening how the public and the Army and the president jumps to bash this soldier (who) has served our country for three combat tours,” said an Army wife from Lewis-McChord who has battled to get mental health help for her husband.

“When is America going to leave the mall and realize that we are at war, and that our men in uniform can only take so much before they break?” she said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to prevent reprisals against her husband.

In Barrett’s case, there were few if any red flags. The young serviceman had passed a mental health review after returning from his deployment, according to a report obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Colleagues and friends at first reported no strange behavior, though his family said it was unusual that he didn’t want to play the combat video games that previously had been his passion.

Only after being reprimanded in front of his fellow troops for the DUI arrest and being threatened with losing his scheduled leave did Barrett suddenly disappear. Base authorities at first failed to directly contact his family in Arizona — who thought Barrett had come home on ordinary leave — despite repeated warnings from colleagues about his strange messages, investigators found.

“Watch the news,” he said in one.

Harry Croft, a former Army physician and psychiatrist who has reviewed thousands of cases of post-traumatic stress disorder among service members, said repeated deployments such as those experienced by many soldiers at Lewis-McChord can have a wearing effect on soldiers’ ability to recover.

“Even when they’re home, in their minds, they’re getting ready for the next deployment,” said Croft, whose book, “I Always Sit With My Back to the Wall,” explores the origins of combat-related stress. “And they don’t want to unwind too much, because they know they’re going back to the same place, and they need to stay ready and alert.”

Source: Kim Murphy, “Soldier accused in Afghan killings was from troubled US base,” Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2012.

Two psychiatrists and hospital named in NY cop’s $50 million involuntary commitment lawsuit

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Psych Crime Reporter first posted this news a year ago. However, with the recent issuance of a New York Police Department report confirming the allegations of former officer Adrian Schoolcraft–that his former precinct manipulated crime stats and enforced arrest quotas–it’s a good opportunity to reiterate another aspect of the story:

 

March 5, 2011

Since former New York police officer Adrian SchoolcMost of the news you will read about the lawsuit filed by New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft is about how his superiors in Brooklyn’s 81st Precinct had him involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility because he was going to blow the whistle on them for unlawful ticket quotas and manipulated crime statistics.

What is not so much publicized is that the defendants in his $50 million lawsuit include Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and two of its psychiatrists: Dr. Isak Isakov and Dr. Lilian Aldana-Bernier.

Among the allegations against Isakov and Aldana-Bernier in Schoolcraft’s civil suit:

  • They failed to perform the proper and necessary tests to determine that plaintiff was either a “substantial risk of physical harm to himself…or to others….”

(In New York, as in most states, the criteria for being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility is that one must be shown to be a danger to himself or others by having made suicidal or homicidal threats or attempts or displayed such behavior.)

  • They unlawfully detained and involuntarily confined Schoolcraft to Jamaica Hospital for treatment without any justification, in violation of his constitutional rights.
  • They deprived Schoolcraft of his liberty, denied him his fundamental constitutional rights, publicly embarrassed and humiliated him and caused him to suffer severe emotional distress.

A psychiatrist can’t simply lock someone up in a psych ward just because another person—even an officer of the law—claims they’re “agitated” or “emotionally disturbed.”

Schoolcraft has since been vindicated in his whistleblower allegations:  The 81st Precinct came under investigation and its top commanders have all been given departmental charges and/or been transferred.

Which makes it look all the worse for psychiatrists Isakov and Aldana-Bernier.

Source: “Cop who made tapes accuses NYPD of false arrest,” Associated Press, October 9, 2010; Coleen Long, Tom Hays, “‘What is this, Russia?” Cop claims NYPD had him committed for being a whistleblower,” MSNBC.com, October 10, 2010; Len Levitt, “Adrian Schoolcraft: Now it’s getting serious,” Huffington Post, January 31, 2011 and Rocco Parascandola, “Brooklyn’s 81st Precinct probed by NYPD for fudging stats; felonies allegedly marked as misdemeanors,” New York Daily News.

March 15, 2012

Psychologist suspended for sex with patient now working as high school teacher

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Dover, Del. — Dover psychologist Dr. Janet Asay has been teaching science at Campus Community High Schoolsince the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, when an investigation into alleged, professional misconduct was well under way, the Dover Post has learned.

That investigation by the Delaware Department of State Division of Professional Regulation culminated in Asay entering into a consent agreement with the Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists in December in which she admitted to having sex with an adult patient who was still within the two-year window that forbids intimacy between a patient and counselor.

The state Board of Examiners of Psychologists approved the consent agreement at its Jan. 9 meeting, according to minutes from that meeting.

“Respondent [Asay] self-reported to the Board that she engaged in a romantic and sexual relationship with a former therapy adult client within two years of the termination of his therapy in violation of 24 Del. C. subsection 3514 (a)(5),” according to the consent agreement.

The Dover Post reviewed the consent agreement signed by Asay on Nov. 21, 2011 and Deputy Attorney General Barbara J. Gadbois on Dec. 2, 2011. Delaware Department of State spokesman Christopher Portante confirmed that Asay agreed to the state suspension that prohibits her from practicing psychology for two years.

In addition, Asay has been in therapy with Newark-based Dr. Priscilla Putnam, according to the consent agreement.

Asay’s state license was issued in 1994. She has been affiliated with Perspectives Counseling in Dover.

Asay did not return calls seeking coment, but did email the Dover Post saying her attorney was out of town through Wednesday.

The Department of State and the Office of the Attorney General declined to comment further on Asay’s suspension.

The Delaware Department of Education determines whether to approve or deny teaching licenses according to the requirements and the provisions of State statute and regulations, Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller said.

“As legal counsel to the Department of Education and the Professional Standards Board, the Department of Justice cannot comment on this pending matter,” he said.

Campus Community School’s charter was granted by the Delaware Department of Education, which has authorized most charter schools in the state. Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery was out of town and unavailable for comment, DOE spokeswoman Alison Kepner said Monday.

Asay has a pending, initial license and pending emergency teaching certificate for biology, Kepner said, citing state records.

When asked if Asay’s suspension would affect her temporary certification, Kepner referred the Dover Post to Delaware Code. The code states, in part, that the secretary of education may suspend, revoke or limit a license if a person has “a license or certificate suspended, revoked, or voluntarily surrendered in another jurisdiction for cause which would be grounds for suspension or revocation…”

Kepner referred further questions to Campus Community School.

Campus Community School Board President Marc Coté said school officials were aware of the situation with Dr. Asay and had looked into the matter.

“We believe that the incident has been dealt with by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists fairly,” Coté said. “We do not think that our students are at risk in any way as a result of the incident that occurred with her former patient.”

Source: Antonio Prado, “Special Report: Suspended psychologist teaching at Campus Community High School,” Dover Post, March 14, 2012.

March 10, 2012

Judge extends restraining order to wife of psychiatrist charged with raping her

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A District Court judge ordered a Marblehead (Massachusetts) psychiatrist charged by town police with raping and assaulting his wife on Feb. 22 to stay away from her through September.

Attorneys for Christopher Palacios, 36, and his wife agreed to extend a restraining order the woman sought and was granted on Feb. 22 from March 7 to Sept. 7. Judge Stacey Fortes White granted the request.

“My client is relieved the order is extended for her safety and the safety of her children,” Jorel Booker, Palacios’ wife’s Raymond, N.H.-based attorney, said Wednesday.

In addition to ordering Palacios not to harm his wife, the order bars him from contact with her, including coming within 50 yards of her. A copy of the order filed in District Court also asks the court to keep Palacios from going to the Marblehead school attended by the couple’s 10-year-old son and daughter.

“The defendant is mentally unstable and a danger to myself and the children,” she wrote in the complaint for protection from abuse she filed.

Marblehead Police Lt. Sean Sweeney filed a report in court outlining Palacios’ wife’s account of how Palacios assaulted her and yelled expletives at her on Feb. 21 following an argument over Red Sox tickets she purchased.

On Feb. 22, according to the report, she said Palacios hit her on the side of her face and “smashed her head on the floor” before pulling down her pants and sexually assaulting her. Sweeney stated in the report that he photographed bruises on the woman’s lip, leg and arm that she said were inflicted by Palacios.

Palacios wife stated Palacios “has severe mood swings” and is “obsessed” with “MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighting,” according to a report filed by Marblehead Officer David Ostrovitz.

Ostrovitz quoted Palacios’ wife as stating in the report that her husband was previously overweight and works out five hours a day with his home garage “dedicated as a workout facility.”

Palacios pleaded innocent to the rape and domestic assault and battery charge on Feb. 23 and was ordered held for a public dangerousness hearing on Feb. 24. He was released on that date but ordered, according to court paperwork, to not contact his wife, not to possess firearms, report weekly to probation, “not to consume excessive alcohol, prescription drugs,” maintain his employment, post $5,000 bail and abide by the restraining order.

Judge Albert Conlon on Wednesday ordered Palacios to return to court for a probable cause hearing on the criminal charges on April 4.

“He denies all the allegations,” Palacios’ attorney, Marc Salinas of Salem, said Wednesday.

Sweeney, in a supplemental report filed in court, stated that Palacios called the allegations brought against him by his wife “a complete fabrication.”

“None of it ever happened,” Sweeney wrote, quoting Palacios.

He added in the report that Palacios claimed his wife had assaulted him in the past.

Palacios’ wife stated in the restraining order complaint that Palacios “has a long history of anger issues and has physically and emotionally abused me for years.”

“His out-of-control erratic behavior has increased and become more frequent (almost on a daily basis) since January 2012,” she wrote in the complaint.

Salinas and Booker confirmed on Wednesday that Palacios’ wife filed a divorce complaint in Essex Probate Court.

Source: Thor Jourgenson, “Judge extends wife’s restraining order on Marblehead psychiatrist,” Daily Item, March 8, 2012.

Psychologist Stephen Kellaway to be sentenced for fraud; faked own death

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A benefits cheat who faked his own death and spent two years on the run after swindling £43,000 to pay for his wife’s breast enlargements is facing jail after being extradited from Thailand.

Psychologist Stephen Kellaway, 54, who earned £100,000 a year from his counselling service as well as illegally claiming housing benefits on a property portfolio worth £1 million, was caught sleeping rough at an airport in Bangkok.

The father-of-two is due to be sentenced tomorrow at Croydon crown court after he was brought back to the UK and pleaded guilty to four charges of benefit fraud and identity fraud.

Kellaway was found travelling on a false Irish passport, which he obtained using the identity of a boy who died aged seven, after faking his own death in 2008 to avoid jail for the benefit fraud.

His wife Nelli, 43, claimed Kellaway died on a family trip with her back to her native Russia where she underwent breast enlargement surgery.

She returned to the UK carrying a fake death certificate and an urn which she claimed contained her husband’s ashes but was arrested. She was convicted of three counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering in 2010 but got a two-year suspended sentence after claiming her “abusive” husband coerced her.

It was not known that her husband was still alive until his elderly parents told how he had visited them at their home in Brighton three times in 2009 — a year after his “death”. His stepmother Jenny said later: “Stephen has done a wicked thing. Faking his own death is unforgivable.”

When Kellaway was tracked down in Bangkok by reporters last year he admitted: “I’ve been lying about who I am for too long. It is a life of constant anxiety and uncertainty. Parts of my life on the run were very James Bond, but parts were also very squalid, and I wouldn’t recommend what I have done.”

Kellaway’s original plan was for his wife to collect a £2 million life insurance payout and for him to be reunited with her and their two young children abroad. But the scam had to be abandoned after it was uncovered by benefit fraud investigators.

At the time of his deportation back to Britain in December Kellaway was living in fear of being jailed in Thailand for overstaying his visa, after losing his job teaching English to schoolchildren.

Kellaway married Nelli, his third wife, in 1997. They bought six houses and flats on which they fraudulently claimed benefits while sending their children to private school.

Greg Smith, a councillor with Hammersmith and Fulham council, who paid the benefits, said: “You can run but you cannot hide. No matter what you do, if you commit benefit fraud you will eventually get busted. Wherever you flee to you will be tracked down and made to pay for your crimes. We will be doing everything we can to seize this man’s assets.”

Source: Miranda Bryant and Rashid Razaq, “Swindler faked death in £43,000 scam to give his wife bigger breasts,” London Evening Standard, March 7, 2012.

Psychiatrist Ray Berard faces S. Africa inquiry over two-year affair with married patient

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A VISIBLY traumatised Sylvia Ireland, who has accused her former psychiatrist of misusing their therapy sessions to have sex, related details of the affair to the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA).

Ireland told members of its Medical and Dental Professions Board during a professional conduct inquiry into psychiatrist Ray Berard how they had a sexual relationship for two years while continuing psychotherapy sessions.

The inquiry follows a complaint Ireland lodged against Berard in August 2008.

Answering questions by Francois Grobler, acting for Ireland, she said she was using three types of medication at the time, all prescribed by Berard.

Ireland’s husband, Stuart Ireland, a high-profile businessman in the beauty industry, was paying for the therapy sessions.

Berard pleaded not guilty yesterday to a number of charges including entering into a physical relationship with a patient.

Other charges included having sex more than once during the existence of a doctor-patient relationship, failing to refer Ireland to another psychiatrist for care, misusing his position of trust and confidence towards Ireland and acting in a way which was calculated to bring his profession into disrepute.

Sylvia Ireland said her husband had recommended she see a psychiatrist because he was unhappy with her spending, the two were fighting and she was often angry.

Ireland started therapy sessions with Berard on Tuesday afternoons in November 2005.

Her husband later insisted on joining the sessions but Ireland said she needed time alone with Berard.

The couple then attended sessions with Berard on Thursdays with Stuart Ireland’s psychologist Anita Badenhorst as co-therapist.

“I resented Stuart coming into any of my personal sessions,” Ireland said.

Ireland described how her relationship with Berard changed from being purely professional to sexual.

“I trusted him. I made a mistake. I thought he was my friend and I got confused about friendship and him being my psychiatrist.

“Then he came to my house one day (about January or February 2006) and we entered into a sexual relationship,” Ireland said.

They had sex at her Claremont house and his practice.

“Anytime. Whatever time he wanted to. Practically every day.”

Ireland said she had ended their relationship in February 2008 when she met someone else.

“I met someone who was normal. I wanted a normal life.”

Ireland had then told her husband about her and Berard’s relationship.

She said her husband had still wanted to be with her, despite hearing about the affair.

Ireland said they continued therapy sessions during the two years of their affair and she had trusted Berard with her care.

“I trusted him implicitly and thought that he was completely on my side.”

Grobler had handed five pages of cellphone records to the committee.

These detailed about 128 phone calls, SMSes and MMSes sent from Berard to Ireland from August 2006 to February 2008.

He also handed up 29 pages of invoices sent from Berard to Stuart Ireland from November 2005 to April 2007.

The hearing continues today with Ireland’s cross-examination.

Source: Michelle Jones, “I had sex with my psychiatrist” Cape Times,  March 7, 2012. 

Psychology board suspends Richard Colund following sex assault charge involving patient

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The Minnesota Board of Psychology has temporarily suspended the license of Richard Colund, who was accused of sexually assaulting a client during a therapy session.

The action came after Colund, 54, of Chanhassen, was charged in Carver County District Court on Feb. 24 with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.

The board determined that his continued practice “would create an imminent risk of harm to others,” and ordered that he not practice psychology in any manner in the state, effective immediately.

Under the board’s rules, Colund has the right to request a hearing, which would determine whether to continue, modify or lift the temporary suspension.

Colund could not be reached for comment.

A receptionist at Northland Counseling Services in Chanhassen, where he practiced, said that he stopped working there as of Feb. 27.

Source: “Chanhassen therapist accused of sexual assault, license suspended,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune,   March 5, 2012.

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