The NorthWestern
Psychiatrist accused of inappropriate sexual contact with patient avoids trial
December 11, 2008

A former psychiatrist with Affinity Behavioral Health accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a patient will avoid trial.

A plea hearing has been scheduled for Charles D. Morgan, 62, of Neenah, who is charged in Winnebago County Circuit Court with two counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist and two counts of third degree sexual assault. Morgan, who faces a maximum of 45 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, will appear before Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key for the plea hearing on Dec. 18.

According to the criminal complaint, Morgan sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman, whom he had been treating for bi-polar disorder for the past two years. The woman told Morgan she wanted a different psychiatrist after he kissed her on two occasions while she was in the hospital receiving treatment.

Morgan kissed the woman on June 19 while she was receiving electronic convulsive therapy as an in-patient treatment at Mercy Medical Center. He kissed her again on June 20.

When the woman told Morgan she wanted to see a different psychiatrist on June 21, Morgan arranged to meet her at his office on Ninth Avenue in Oshkosh. When the two met, Morgan began kissing the woman and having inappropriate sexual contact with her.

Morgan was suspended from his position with Affinity Behavioral Health when criminal charges were filed in June. The state of Wisconsin suspended Morgan’s license to practice medicine in August and the suspension remains in effect until the criminal proceeding concludes.