Patient says Apple Valley psychiatrist ‘abused’ her; he’s charged with criminal sexual conduct
By Nick Ferraro
September 17, 2019
A Twin Cities psychiatrist faces charges after being accused of having sex with a patient who sought help for past sexual assaults.
Gavin Patrick Meany, 38, of Apple Valley, was charged with two counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct last week in Dakota County District Court.
Gavin Patrick Meany (Courtesy of Dakota County Sheriff’s Office)
A woman reported to Burnsville police on Aug. 27 that she had been “abused” over the last five years by Meany while receiving therapy and psychiatric services from him, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.
The woman began seeing Meany at a St. Louis Park clinic because of past trauma that involved prior sexual assaults from her youth, as well as domestic violence from a prior partner, the complaint states.
According to an online profile, since January 2018 Meany had worked as a staff psychiatrist for Counseling Care, which has offices in Burnsville and Lake Elmo. Meany was fired last week, the business said Tuesday.
Meany also has been a division psychiatrist for the Army National Guard since September 2011.
He worked as a psychiatrist for West End Consultation Group in St. Louis Park from December 2016 until March 2018.
According to the criminal complaint:
The woman gave a detailed statement to Burnsville police, as well as physical evidence and documents pertaining to the alleged sexual contact.
She described multiple acts of sexual contact that occurred in the professional offices of Meany, first in St. Louis Park and later in Meany’s office in Burnsville between May 2018 and August 2019.
She also said they had sex at his Apple Valley home in May 2018.
When questioned by an investigator, Meany acknowledged he “crossed boundaries” with the woman and admitted to the sexual activity she described to authorities. He said they had sex at his home while his wife was out of town.
“It is a felony under Minnesota law for a psychotherapist providing professional services to engage in sexual penetration or contact with a patient during a psychotherapy session or outside a psychotherapy session, if the professional relationship still exists,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement Tuesday.
Meany made his first appearance in court last week and posted $15,000 bond, with conditions. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 10.
Meany could not be reached for comment Tuesday, and an attorney was not listed in his court file.
The alleged sexual contact in St. Louis Park is currently under investigation in Hennepin County, according to Dakota County prosecutors.