Sexual Misconduct

“Sexual misconduct is particularly damaging to the reputation of psychiatry because the damages to patients which result are mental and emotional in nature. If psychiatry loses the confidence of society, its ability to pursue its mission will be damaged.”

American Psychiatric Association
Approved by the Board of Trustees
March 1993

Mohammad Omar Mohabbat, Alabama Psychiatrist, pleads guilty to harassing Patient – was earlier arrested for sexual abuse of patient

Mohammad Omar Mohabbat

Tuscaloosa News Psychiatrist pleads guilty to harassment Staff Reports October 5, 2015 A Northport psychiatrist has pleaded guilty to harassing a patient. Mohammad Omar Mohabbat, 76, was charged with second- degree sexual abuse and harassment in 2013. Prosecutors dismissed the sexual abuse charge and accepted a guilty plea to the harassment charge on Monday, according […]

Paul Porter, Ontario Psychiatrist, License is on the line – Accused of Sexual misconduct with a patient – was previously accused of sexual abuse of two other women

Psychiatrist Paul Porter

National Post Ontario psychiatrist’s licence on the line after alleged romantic relationship with third patient By Joseph Brean September 27, 2015 TORONTO — As a gesture of caring and affection to start their sessions, the alleged victim of a sexually abusive psychiatrist would occasionally bring him a doughnut. This detail, which prompted the woman to […]

Barlow Smith, 85-year-old Texas Psychiatrist, Surrenders License – History of sexual relation with patient. Improperly prescribed drugs to 10 patients – One died of the toxic effects of multiple drugs. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided his office in 2013. Criminal case still pending.

Psychiatrist Barlow Smith

Austin American Statesman Two Central Texas doctors lose licenses after felony convictions By Mary Ann Roser Sept. 20, 2015 — Begin Excerpt Barlow Smith, an 85-year-old Marble Falls psychiatrist, and Dennis Barson Jr. of Hutto, who turns 43 this month and practiced neurology in Austin, were among five Central Texas physicians the Texas Medical Board […]

UK Psychiatrist Joseph Bray Suspended – Father-of-two cheated on his wife with patient, says “Men aren’t biologically programmed for monogamy” and the expectation of fidelity in marriage is “unreasonable”

Psychiatrist Joseph Bray

Daily Mail Father-of-two psychiatrist cheated on his wife with patient after telling another: ‘Men aren’t biologically programmed for monogamy’ By Hannah Parry September 1, 2015 A married psychiatrist who had sex with a patient before telling another ‘When my wife dies, I will s**g as many women as I can’ has kept his job. Father-of-two […]

Robert Labine, psychiatrist, “behaviour damaged the reputation of all psychiatrists and the entire profession”

Montreal Gazette Psychiatrist suspended for having sex with patient By Charlie Fidelman August 5, 2015 Threatened with a civil suit, psychiatrist Robert Labine revealed to the provincial physicians’ board that he had sex with one of his patients. The disciplinary committee of the Collège des médecins du Québec this week fined the St-Jérôme psychiatrist $1,000 […]

Particularly damaging to the reputation of psychiatry

APA - American Psychiatric Association -

“Sexual misconduct is particularly damaging to the reputation of psychiatry because the damages to patients which result are mental and emotional in nature. If psychiatry loses the confidence of society, its ability to pursue its mission will be damaged.” The Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association approved this message in March of 1993.

Lawrence Cronin, Arizona psychiatrist, Ordered to surrender his license, engaged in sexual relationship with patient – overmedicated her with “hypnotic agents”


Lawrence Cronin, Arizona psychiatrist BEFORE THE ARIZONA MEDICAL BOARD Lawrence Cronin, M.D. (“Respondent’), elects to permanently waive any right to a hearing and appeal with respect to this Order for Surrender of License; admits the jurisdiction of the Arizona Medical Board (“Board”); and consents to the entry of this Order by the Board. FINDINGS OF […]

Javier Criado, a prominent “high society” Spanish psychiatrist, accused of sex abuse by six female patients

Javier Criado

Olive Press Prominent Sevilla psychiatrist accused of sex abuse Investigation is launched following allegations by six former patients By Caitlin Quinn July 14, 2015 A PROMINENT Sevilla psychiatrist is under investigation for sexually abusing a string of patients. Javier Criado, 65, has been accused by at least six women of continued sexual and psychological abuse. […]

Ong Ming Tan, Aussie psychiatrist, “highly devious”, jailed for inappropriately touching a group of young patients suffering from serious mental illnesses

Touched patients: Former psychiatrist Ong Ming Tan. Photo: Nick Moir

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Sydney Morning Herald Former patient of psychiatrist Ong Ming Tan tells of ‘betrayal’ By Paul Bibby July 12, 2015 One of seven women suing a North Shore medical clinic after they were indecently assaulted by its psychiatrist has described as “cruel” and “devastating” the facility’s refusal to accept liability for what happened within its walls. […]

Michael Kessler, Penn. psychiatrist, hauled off to prison for child sex crimes

Michael Kessler

Pocono Record UNLAWFUL CONTACT WITH MINOR Cresco ex-psychiatrist caught ‘grooming’ boy on Facebook sentenced By Andrew Scott July 11, 2015 A Monroe County mother’s protective vigilance in monitoring her son’s Facebook account is what likely spared him from being victimized by someone she and her family had known and trusted. “You messed with the wrong […]