Ex-psychiatrist gets probation in sexual exploitation case
By Jennifer K. Woldt
While a former psychiatrist who had inappropriate sexual contact with a female patient he was treating avoided a prison sentence, a judge said he has already faced substantial consequences for his actions after losing his medical license and his career.
Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Key withheld sentence and placed Charles D. Morgan, 63, of Neenah, on probation for six years Thursday for a conviction on two counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist. As a condition of his probation, Key ordered Morgan to serve nine months in the county jail and perform 200 hours of community service. An additional three months of jail time was imposed and stayed.
According to the criminal complaint, Morgan sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman, who he had been treating for 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 in June 2008.
While the actions that took place were not criminal in nature, Key said the doctor-patient relationship between Morgan and the woman that made the incident serious.
\”No matter what behavior is taking place by a patient, the therapist has to be in control,\” Key said during Thursday\’s sentencing hearing.
Winnebago County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Swank recommended Key impose a prison sentence of three to four years because Morgan took advantage of a vulnerable patient. Defense attorney Nila Robinson argued for probation with conditional jail time.
Morgan, who was practicing with Affinity Behavioral Health at the time of the incident, apologized during the hearing to the woman and her family and told the court he regrets what he did.
The state of Wisconsin has suspended Morgan\’s license to practice medicine.