The New York Times
September 26, 1986
State Psychiatrist Held In Sex Abuse of Girl, 4

A supervising psychiatrist at the state’s Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Wards Island was arrested yesterday and charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old neighbor girl at his home.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Franklin Simon, 45, of 325 Riverside Drive in Manhattan, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. State officials said he would be suspended without pay from his $75,000-a-year job pending the case’s outcome.

Lieut. Richard J. Marcus of the Manhattan sex crimes squad said the offense involved improper touching of the girl, who was not a patient. He said the child’s mother had filed a complaint, but he declined to say when the offense occurred or why the child was at Dr. Simon’s home.

Dr. Simon – who is married, has two children and has been a licensed psychiatrist for more than 15 years – was arrested at the psychiatric center yesterday morning.

A spokesman for the State Department of Mental Health, Robert M. Spoor, said Dr. Simon supervised other psychiatrists but did not treat patients at the center. Mr. Spoor said Dr. Simon joined the center in 1981.