Psych Crime Reporter

April 12, 2012

State places mental health counselor Timothy Latsko on probation for sex with patient

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:37 pm

On March 19, 2012, the Virginia Board of Counseling placed licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist Timothy W. Latsko on indefinited probation for not less than one year, subject to terms and conditions. According to the Board’s Consent Order, in late 2009, Latsko entered into a sexual relationship with former client, within three months of the termination of the therapeutic relationship. It further states that Latsko failed to maintain certain client materials securely by storing boxes of such material in the garage of the former client with whom he was having the sexual relationship. Those materials, the Board noted, are still in possession of the former client. The conditions of Latsko’s probation include supervision of his practice by a Board-approved supervisor, among other things.

Source: Consent Order in re: Timothy W. Latsko, L.P.C., L.M.F.T., license nos. 0701-003702 and 0717-001186, case nos. 131519, 136604, 136599 & 141823, before the Virginia Board of Counseling.

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  1. Latsko was not suspended!

    When a formal inquiry finally approached, he admitted to various things, made excuses, and said he was sorry. In response, the Board handed him probation, foregoing not just futher investigation but also an impending hearing with testimony from witnesses.

    His documented “confession” would have landed him a felony in at least fifteen other states — but the Virginia Board of Counseling is treating it like it’s business as usual.

    Latsko keeps his license and faces no meaningful repercussions whatsoever. His other patients won’t even have to know about his probation.

    A therapist getting away with rape, for any reason, is bad enough. The Board deliberately sweeping the entire event under the rug — and worse, protecting a sexual predator’s power to continue practicing therapy on unsuspecting patients — is absolutely sickening.

    The Board clearly thinks itself above scrutiny, and places its own comfort and convenience before the safety of its patients, and before justice for a known victim.

    Latsko presented excuses. The Board of Counseling should be offered no such privilege.

    Comment by John Bourgoine — May 5, 2012 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

    • Latsko was not suspended!

      When a formal inquiry finally approached (more than a year after the initial complaint), Latsko admitted to various things, cited a self-help course he had just taken, and presumably said he was sorry. The Virginia Board of Counseling handed him probation and canceled the impending hearing with testimony from witnesses.

      His documented confession would have landed him a felony in many other states.

      Latsko keeps his license and faces no meaningful repercussions. His current patients won’t even have to know about his probation, nor will those whose confidential files he abandoned.

      A therapist taking advantage of a patient for sex and getting away with it is repugnant. The Board’s role in sweeping the entire event under the rug — and worse, protecting a sexual predator’s power to continue practicing therapy on unsuspecting patients — is shocking.

      The Board clearly thinks itself above scrutiny, and apparently places the safety of its patients, and justice for a known victim, second to its own comfort and convenience.

      Latsko presented excuses. The Board of Counseling should be offered no such privilege.

      For those who are unfamiliar with the ethical and legal implications of therapists having sex with patients:

      http://tinyurl.com/bnnwj2o

      http://tinyurl.com/czgmykd

      http://tinyurl.com/d6fwze4

      Some highlights (from the above):

      “Both ethically and legally, patient-therapist sex is always the therapist’s fault. Courts have ruled that the consent of a patient to sex is no defense.”

      “Many patients who give in to sex with their therapists do so because of a feeling of utter trust, much like a small child feels for a parent.”

      “Because patients are so vulnerable to the special relationship of trust with their psychologist, violation of this trust can be incredibly devastating.”

      “Smith agreed to stop practicing any form of therapy in the United States, but it seems that the damage is already done. His case, along with that of Rank, leave many questions about what regulatory commissions can do to prevent these traumatic abuses in the future. Both were previously found guilty of sexual misconduct: Rank was reprimanded for having sex with a patient in 2000, and Smith was dismissed from Seton Halls doctoral program for having sex with a patients married mother.”

      “Though licensure restriction varies from state to state, it is clear in these cases that restricting licenses is not enough. However, because sex between adult patients and therapists are not crimes in many states, these psychologists are free to continue practice without patients knowing their past behavior.”

      This is all the more sickening when one realizes that the Virginia Board of Counseling surely knows all of this and more. (Not that claiming ignorance would be any excuse at all, in their position.) But of course they know, as every therapist is now forced to, how wrong Latsko’s actions are. And they simply excused him when he asked them to! The end. No hearing, no condemnation, no reckoning or public visibility. The victim, and the witnesses expecting to testify? “Go home, we’ve handled it.”

      After all, in addition to being ‘on probation’ Latsko faces oversight from another therapist, and a psychological evaluation. He’ll think twice before doing it again, right?

      There is no convenient explanation for this. None. The Board appears grossly negligent or maliciously indifferent, or quite possibly both.

      It’s worse than that, really. What the Board is doing is exactly what other such boards have done, and have been publicly crucified for in hindsight, when the very same therapist goes on to violate more patients. Not to mention the effect the Board’s protection has on every such therapist, the first time they choose a victim: they know, by observing the Board’s current behavior, that not only can they get away with it legally in Virginia — but if they are contrite afterwards, they will very likely keep their license as well!

      The Board is doing this because they can — because no one is there to stop them. They are getting away with it, right now, and one wonders how many times in the past. All because they must believe that no one is willing to hold them accountable. If they have any fears that the public would respond if the truth was known, perhaps they also expect that denials or apologies on their part will reduce any probable sanction against them to the status of “probation.”

      Please be disgusted. Be outraged. Be brave enough to imagine what the suffering of a single victim must be like.

      Be shaken enough to write a note to your congressman or to talk to someone you know who might cause this incident to come to light. Tell people that until the Board holds therapists to what the law should, some will continue to operate this way in Virginia because no one is stopping them.

      Care enough to hold the Board accountable for its indifference.

      Comment by John Bourgoine — May 8, 2012 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  2. I can not believe this man is still able to practice…He should be in jail….

    Comment by Unknown — May 7, 2012 @ 4:46 am | Reply

  3. In many states in our country Timothy W. Latsko would have been guilty of a criminal offense for sexual relations with a patient. With that even being listed/looked and/or loooked at as a sexual offender in the community. There is no such thing as consent between a Therapist and a Patient. Timothy W. latsko’s actions are one of a preditor who victimized his patient.

    Comment by anonymous — May 8, 2012 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  4. THIS LOCAL THERAPIST MUST BE EXPOSED TO PROTECT CURRENT AND FUTURE CLIENTS. HE IS A DISGRACE TO HIS PROFESSION. PRIOR CLIENTS NEED TO CHECK ON THE PRVACY OF THIER RECORDS. WITH A LITTLE DIGGING MORE WILL COME OUT. WAVY TV 10 WORKING THIS ISSUE AND EXPOSING THIS MONSTER WILL SAVE OTHER WOMEN THE HARDSHIPS SUFFERED BY THE FEMALE MENTIONED IN THE FINDING.

    Comment by angelo k — May 10, 2012 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

    • This man is dangerous, using his role as therapist to exploit and victimize clients. I agree that the media should get involved. People too often let degrees and certifications speak for the qualification of therapists, but professional credentials clearly don’t reveal an individual’s ethics/moral compass or lack thereof.

      I can’t even imagine how much courage the woman in this story had to have to file a complaint with the Virginia Board of Counseling. According to the website, TELL: Therapy Exploitation Link Line, there are “12 options for victim/survivor action” in cases of therapy abuse (http://www.therapyabuse.org/resources.htm). Although number 12 on that list is “Do nothing,” and the victim in this case chose to file a complaint with the state.What a shame that the board failed her.

      Hopefully with media involvement, she will be able to receive a measure of justice insofar as Timothy Latsko will be exposed as an abuser and victimizer. If she’s reading this, I certainly urge her to explore the other avenues TELL lists to seek and attain some justice. She may feel alone, but there are support systems out there for her, such as the website http://www.survivingtherapistabuse.com/ that understand the trauma she’s experienced and that can provide her with the strength to continue to expose Latsko and attain a sense of closure for herself in knowing that she’s making it more difficult for Latsko to victimize anyone else.

      Comment by Anonymous — May 17, 2012 @ 7:56 am | Reply

  5. I filed a report with the Virginia Board of Counseling in March 2010 against Timothy W. Latsko for unprofessional conduct and violating boundaries. Despite the fact that it was incredibly difficult for me to file this report, I did so with the hope that I could prevent any other women from being harmed and having their world turned upside down due to his misconduct. The board just dismissed my allegations. Mr. Latsko needs help. Everyone on that board needs to be fired!!

    Comment by midnightsummerdreamgirl@yahoo.com — June 17, 2013 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

    • So let me get this straight…. You openly choose to enter into a relationship with a man and you call yourself a victim? Interesting reasoning…..

      Comment by ShandsT — August 9, 2013 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

      • And you need to quit harassing people who post on this site. Consider yourself persona non grata = all future posted to be deleted.

        Hasta la vista, bub.

        Sue

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — August 13, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

    • Hi, I’m not trying to minimize your situation by any means. However, I am trying to understand what did he do wrong? Many of the comments make the broad statement of unprofessional misconduct without explaining what has happen so other know what to look out for.

      Comment by Leslie — October 29, 2013 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

      • Read the news story. It’s a summary of the licensing board’s disciplinary action against him. It explains what happened: He had a sexual relationship with a former patient, against board regulations. That’s a crime in some states.

        Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — November 1, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

  6. I thought the Salem witch hunts were over. Not guilty means NO EVIDENCE to convict. What about personal accountability? Helena…I don’t think so…..Lady Macbeth maybe.

    Comment by D. V. — August 12, 2013 @ 9:59 am | Reply

    • Webster’s defines “witch hunt” as:

      “1 : a searching out for persecution of persons accused of witchcraft
      “2 : the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (as political opponents) with unpopular views.”

      The difference between the news on this site and a witch hunt (I am taking for granted that you have the mental capacity to differentiate) is that Psych Crime Reporter re-posts already-published stories and summarizes health care licensing board disciplinary actions. That’s all. If you have a problem with the “persecution” that Tim Latsko or other mental health practitioners have experienced at the hands of criminal courts or state licensing boards, then please put it in a letter to the court and/or licensing board.

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — August 13, 2013 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  7. You think that pointing the finger at Scientology is going to discredit the truth? You are most sadly mistaken. That you would even take that route shows that YOU HAVE NO INTELLIGENT ARGUMENT ON THE SUBJECT.

    Psych Crime Reporter is not actually affiliated with the Church of Scientology, though we take a lot of our content from CCHR’s Psychcrime.org website (with their blessing). This is a blog, run by one person who sees that the mental health industry is an expensive and wasteful enterprise that does not provide any real help.

    And what if we were affiliated with Scientology? Well, from what I can observe, those people are at least trying to help others.

    What are YOU doing to help others?

    Sue

    Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — August 13, 2013 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  8. This therapist uses the criminal system to try and hurt others. Including a patient of his. Truth and justice did prevail to prove his patient was innocent and he was a dangerous and compulsive liar. PLEASE BE WARE!

    Comment by Lisa — September 13, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

    • He IS a dangerous and compulsive liar.

      Comment by Lisa — September 13, 2013 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  9. His professional services are shady. I’ve seen first hand this man’s victimizing ways and the destruction that his inexcusable actions have caused several women. I’m fearful of this man and have a hard time going to therapy ever again because of him.

    Comment by Shelly Baker — September 13, 2013 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

  10. Sue you are not the only Woman that put in a complaint to the Board of Virginia about Latsko. They dismissed my concerns for Tim Latsko’s violation of professional boundaries as well. Any suggestions?

    Comment by Polly — September 13, 2013 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

    • Hi Polly,

      I didn’t actually file any complaints against Latsko. I am just the person who administers this blog and posts the stories. If it was not too long ago, you could possibly appeal but you would probably need to provide more substantiation of your allegations. You might also have a look at the state behavioral health practice act (not sure exactly what it’s called) which would most likely be in the state business and professions code. You might need to see if what you are reporting is actually a violation of the act, since that is what the Board will base their involvement on.

      Sincerely,

      Sue

      Comment by Psych Crime Reporter — September 17, 2013 @ 5:31 pm | Reply

  11. Latsko also violated confidentiality, by his own admission in the Board’s Fact Findings, by failing to maintain patient “material” securely. Why did The “client material still remains in the garage of client”. Why didn’t the Virginia State Board remove the “patient material” and ensure the “patient material” secure? The Board of Virginia is just as disgraceful and liable as Timothy Latsko.

    Fact Findings For Sex with Client and FAILURE to maintain “Client Material Securely”-
    Department of Health Professions – Case Decision
    http://www.dhp.virginia.gov Enforcement Case Decisions

    TIMOTHY LATSKO. License Number, 0701003702. Occupation, Licensed Professional Counselor. Notices and Orders.
    TIMOTHY LATSKO
    License Number 0701003702
    Occupation Licensed Professional Counselor

    TIMOTHY LATSKO
    License Number 0717001186
    Occupation Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Comment by anonymous — September 14, 2013 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  12. I’m finding the chief complaint is that client information was not secure. It seems the 2 adults had a relationship. When it went south it was a crime. I find the term RAPE a strong term to use for someone having a consensual relationship with someone. Not returning the documents indicates perhaps some blackmail was going on. I’ve been reading reviews about him, thus far only 2 complaints. The other thing that sticks out to me is lack of details. Misconduct, bounderies. What do you mean exactly? It’s so vague I think I’ll be keeping my initial appointment. I thought here I would find details of the “misconduct”, victimization” ” and over stepping boundaries”. On one site it says the case is closed actually. I’ve heard more good than bad. Is their a specific type of woman he is targeting?

    Comment by Leslie — October 29, 2013 @ 9:34 pm | Reply


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