Psych Crime Reporter

September 27, 2012

State places Menendez bothers’ psychiatrist on probation

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On May 30, 2012, the Medical Board of California stayed revocation of psychiatrist William Tice Vicary’s medical license and placed him on 35 months of probation with terms and conditions.

In September 2011, the Board issued an Accusation against Vicary of gross negligence, incompetence, repeated negligent acts and recordkeeping failures.

According to the document, Vicary began seeing a patient whom he knew from having worked with him at a clinical counseling center.

Some time in 2007, Vicary began serving as a supervisor for the patient, relative to the patient’s work as a psychological assistant.

Among other things, Vicary failed to separate his roles as the patient’s supervisor and his doctor and failed to conduct an initial or subsequent physical examination before repeatedly prescribing dangerous drugs to him (including the stimulants Adderall and Provigil, an erectile dysfunction medication and a testosterone replacement—without supporting lab tests or physical exams).

An April 30, 2010 inspection of his office by the Medical Board of California found that he kept numerous bottles of patient medications (including controlled substances), many of which were expired in an unsecured area of his office and that he confirmed that he sometimes gave patients medications that belonged to other patients.

In 1990, Vicary was engaged by defense counsel for Erik Menendez, who was ultimately convicted with his brother Lyle in the murder of their parents. Vicary was Erik Menendez’s forensic/treating psychiatrist. In 1998, after the conclusion of the trial, Vicary’s license was placed on probation when it was found that he had altered his treatment notes on Menendez with the purpose of concealing statements made by Menendez which Menendez’s attorney objected to. He destroyed the originals. This alteration and destruction came to light after Vicary provided a copy of the originals to the prosecution’s psychiatric expert, who compared them to what had been entered earlier into testimony).

Source: Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order in the Matter of William Tice Vicary, M.D., Physician and Surgeon Certificate No. G-30953, Case 02-2008-194534 and Accusation in the Matter of the Accusation Against William Tice Vicary, M.D., Case No. 02-2008-194534, Medical Board of California.

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Social worker Gustavo Martinez surrenders license for unethical conduct

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On March 10, 2012, licensed clinical social worker Gustavo Martinez surrendered his license to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Social Workers. The Board’s report states that Martinez engaged in unethical conduct by failure to maintain professional boundaries with a client(s).

Source: Enforcement Actions, monthly report issued by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Social Workers, April 2012.

Arizona revokes license of social worker Fred Elsen for sex with client

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 11:54 am

On April 2, 2012, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners accepted the surrender of social worker Fred Elsen’s license, deemed a revocation, for unprofessional conduct. The Board’s report states that Elsen engaged in a sexually intimate relationship with a peer support specialist, who was also a current client at his place of employment.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Adverse Action Tracking Form, 2012.

Arizona revokes license of counselor David Orlowski over letter

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On April 2, 2012, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners revoked the license of licensed professional counselor David W. Orlowski. According to the Board’s report, Orlowski, in his capacity as a pastor, provided occasional pastoral counseling to a father and mother of a minor child between 1998 and 2002. The father was convicted of a felony in 2000 or 2001and was placed on probation, which he later violated. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to forgery and credit card theft and was incarcerated for three years, during which he filed a petition to establish paternity, custody and visitation with the daughter. In 2009, he asked Orlowski to write a letter in support of his petition. Orlowski included in the letter his “LPC” designation though he had not counseled either individual in his capacity as a licensed professional counselor but as a pastoral counselor. In his letter he opined that the Father posed no risk to the Daughter despite the fact that the letter was based primarily on information about Mother and Daughter provide to him by Father. Orlowski had not seen nor spoken to Mother since 2002 and had never seen nor spoken with the Daughter nor had he gathered any collateral information about the daughter pertaining to her best interests. Orlowski surrendered his license on the charges, which was deemed a revocation.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Adverse Action Tracking Form, 2012.

State declines to issue license to counselor applicant Tamara Van Berkel

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On April 2, 2012, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners denied the licensed associate counselor (LAC) application of applicant Tamara Van Berkel for unprofessional conduct. According to the Board’s report, van Berkel misrepresented on her LAC application that she was employed at a university when in fact she had been terminated some months earlier for failure to meet expectations. She also failed to disclose three psychiatric hospitalizations. Further, she failed to respond to Board inquiries. Additionally, court-ordered urine analyses indicated positive results in February 2009 and a series of dilute samples. “Applicant demonstrated a pattern of non-disclosure and/or inaccurate representations,” according to the Board’s report.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Adverse Action Tracking Form, 2012.

Arizona revokes license of counselor Nathalie Clyne for sex with inmate

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On March 7, 2012, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners revoked the license of counselor Nathalie M. Clyne. The Board’s report states that Clyne was employed as a counselor at a prison, where she provided counseling services. She brought cigars into the prison that were later found in possession of an inmate-client. Clyne admitted engaging in a sexual relationship with the inmate and giving money to the client’s mother for him.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Adverse Action Tracking Form, 2012.

Arizona social worker Andrea March suspended on unreported DUI

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On February 24, 2012, the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners suspended the license of social worker Andrea L. March, LMSW for an indefinite period. According to the Board’s report, March was arrested in December 2010 for extreme DUI and failed to report her arrest to the Board within 10 days, as required.

Source: Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Adverse Action Tracking Form, 2012.

September 25, 2012

Yet another UK psych nurse is struck off for sex with a patient

Filed under: psychiatric nurse,psychiatric rape,sexual abuse,sexual exploitation — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:07 pm

A mental health nurse who started a sexual relationship with a patient in her care before bombarding him with texts when he broke it off has been struck off.

Deborah Boulton was said to have met a male patient and given him her mobile number, texted him messages saying ‘I miss you’ and ‘I love you’.

The band 6 nurse’s actions fell ‘seriously short of the conduct and standards expected of a nurse’, a tribunal ruled, saying her ability to practice is impaired by reason of her misconduct.

She was said to have met the man, known as Patient A, at the Sutherland Centre, for people with poor mental health, in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, in early 2009.
Relationship: A tribunal heard Deborah Boulton had sex with one of her patients five times after meeting him at the Sutherland Centre in Stoke-on-Trent

Relationship: A tribunal heard Deborah Boulton had sex with one of her patients five times after meeting him at the Sutherland Centre in Stoke-on-Trent

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing was told Boulton gave the patient, who had previously been treated in hospital for an alleged overdose of diazepam and alcohol issues, her mobile number and texted him, telling him ‘I miss you’ and ‘I love you’.

During their relationship the pair had sex around five times: once in a hotel, once in his mother’s house and approximately three times in Boulton’s house.

The patient claimed when he tried to finish the relationship Boulton bombarded him with calls and texts until he destroyed his mobile phone to avoid contact from her.

The panel heard Boulton went on to take sick leave leading to her case load being re-allocated, which eventually resulted in claims of their relationship emerging.

The allegations came to light when Patient A attended a counselling session in August, where he suggested to a counsellor that he had suffered a relapse because of the relationship, the hearing was told.

Boulton was not present and not represented at the hearing in central London last week, but had denied the allegations.

The NMC Competence and Conduct Committee panel struck Boulton off, finding she breached professional boundaries by giving Patient A her phone number and instructing him to call her, and also found she had failed to maintain accurate records and failed to create a care plan for him.

The panel accepted evidence given by Patient A that Boulton left voicemail messages on his phone saying words to the effect of: ‘If you do not come and see me now then you will never see me again’, and ‘I will end the relationship and you will be alone because you will never see me again’.

It also found proved allegations that the Boulton took the patient to Frankie and Benny’s in Newtown, Stoke-on-Trent, between May and June 2009, and to dinner with a friend in May 2009, and also that she bought him alcohol on two occasions.

‘By placing her own needs above the needs of Patient A, Ms Boulton breached the fundamental tenets of the profession.’

The panel also found proved claims that the couple had sex on around May 12, 2009, in Patient A’s bedroom at his mother’s house in Longton; and that they stayed overnight at the Holiday Inn Express in Stoke-on-Trent near Britannia Stadium, where they also slept together.

It was also found proven that during May and/or June 2009, the pair had sex approximately three times at Boulton’s home.

Deciding whether the facts proved amounted to misconduct, the panel ruled Boulton’s actions fell ‘seriously short of the conduct and standards expected of a nurse and amounts to misconduct’.

Striking her off, it said her failings were ‘significant departures’ from the standards expected.

‘By placing her own needs above the needs of Patient A, Ms Boulton breached the fundamental tenets of the profession and the panel is of the view that to allow her to continue practising would fail to protect the public, and undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.’

An 18-month Interim Suspension Order was also put in place to allow for the possibility of an appeal. If Boulton does not appeal within 28 days, then the order will be replaced by the striking-off order.

Source: “Mental health nurse who had sex with patient then bombarded him with texts when he ended relationship is struck off,” Daily Mail Reporter, September 18, 2012.

California psychologist John Visher arrested on child sex abuse and child porn charges

Filed under: child molestation,child pornography,psychologist,sexual abuse,sexual exploitation — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:06 pm

CAPITOLA, California — A 65-year-old psychologist was arrested Wednesday at his La Selva Beach home on suspicion of child sex abuse and child porn possession.

Capitola police received a report in January that Dr. John Visher possibly had committed lewd acts with a minor who was his client at the time. According to the criminal complaint, the incidents are alleged to have taken place sometime between September 2009 and December 2009, prosecutor Michael Gilman said.

The girl was 8 years old at the time.

During the course of the police investigation, a search warrant was executed at Visher’s home and his office on Bay Avenue in Capitola.

Due to potential patient-therapist privilege issues, the court appointed a special investigator to review all items seized during the investigation. Members of the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office assisted.

Visher was arrested by Capitola police detectives Wednesday. He’s charged with committing lewd acts with a child younger than 14, displaying harmful matter to a child and four counts of possession of child pornography.

Visher was taken into custody and booked into County Jail without incident. He was out on bail as of Wednesday night and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

Authorities have notified the state licensing board that oversees licensing of psychologists of the investigation and the arrest.

Visher was first licensed to practice psychology in California in August 1982, according to the California Board of Psychology. He does not have any prior administrative citations or disciplinary actions on record with the agency.

The investigation is ongoing, according to Capitola detective Sarah Ryan.

Source: Jessica M. Pasko, “Capitola psychologist arrested on suspicion of child molestation,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 20, 2012.

University of Alberta head of psychiatry resigns over Ontario sexual misconduct allegation

Filed under: psychiatrist,sexual abuse — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:04 pm

The University of Alberta’s new head of psychiatry has resigned his position less than two weeks after CBC News revealed he faces an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a female patient in Ontario.

Dr. Claudio Soares resigned as head of the University of Alberta’s psychiatry department.Dr. Claudio Soares resigned as head of the University of Alberta’s psychiatry department. (McMaster University)

Dr. Claudio de Novaes Soares, incoming chair of the department of psychiatry, resigned effective immediately, according to a letter to university staff on Monday.

Soares was to assume the role of chair on September 1, but was placed on a leave.

Documents obtained by CBC News showed the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons is investigating an allegation that Soares had sexual relations with a woman who was a patient between November 2007 and May 2009. At that time, he was a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton.

A date for the hearing has not yet been scheduled and none of the claims have been proven by the Ontario college.

Soares’ departure was announced by the dean of the faculty of medicine and dentistry, Dr. D. Douglas Miller, in a letter to staff and colleagues Monday.

Dr. Glen Baker, currently director of the neurochemical research unit at the University of Alberta, has been appointed interim chair.

Baker served as department chair from 2000 to 2005 and acting chair from 2005 to 2006.

Source: “New U of A psychiatry chair quits amid sex allegations,” CBC News, September 24, 2012.

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