Psychiatrist and church deacon ‘convinced child sex victims they were possessed before he attacked them again’ – and was allowed to retire with no criminal investigation
By Chris Pleasance
August 24 2016
Kyle L Stewart, 68, a married father from the small town of Bartlesville, north of Tulsa, retired in November last year after agreeing to surrender his medical licence following allegations of sexual misconduct.
But he was never subject to a criminal investigation after the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision decided not to pass the allegations to police, and never had to undergo a public hearing as part of the deal.
Now disturbing new claims have come to light – including how Stewart preyed on his clients’ religion to attack them – as one victim says she wanted to take her case to the police, but was persuaded not to by the medical board’s attorney.
The first victim, who suffered from anxiety and depression after being sexually molested as a child, began seeing Stewart around eight years ago, the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise reported.
She left a short time afterward, describing Stewart as ‘weird’, but returned to his practice in 2013 after attending a church where he was the deacon.
Stewart was one of only a handful of practitioners in the town, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Toward the latter part of that year, the victim says that Stewart began touching her in ‘progressively inappropriate ways.’
The victim said Stewart convinced her that she was afflicted by evil spirits, and that fallen angels could be inside her.
She also claims that Stewart said her mother had given her over to witchcraft while she was still in the womb, and that at night she left her house to perform satanic rituals in the woods without knowing it.
The victim said Stewart ‘terrified’ her by praying over her and saying an exorcism may need to be performed.
At one point the victim says she recounted a dream in which she danced with Jesus, so Stewart asked her to dance with him in his office.
During a later session of dancing, Stewart allegedly kissed her on the neck and chest while fondling her buttocks and breasts.
By Stewart’s own admission during a malpractice hearing, he held session during which the victim was naked.
In testimony, Stewart said: ‘What I recollect was there were time when I touched her – her breasts at times and also touched her vaginal area.’
Asked whether the touching was above or underneath clothing, Stewart replied that ‘there was no clothing’.
Asked to elaborate on the nature of the genital touching, he said: ‘I touched that area of her body, it gave her pleasure. And that’s what happened.’
One of the victims also recalled a point at which Stewart stripped and laid on top of her while she was on the couch.
She said: ‘He sat me down on the sofa. He took his clothes off and climbed on top of me. And I was just crying.
‘I couldn’t believe that I was in this position, and I didn’t know whether to scream or what to do.’
The first victim said she tried to alert authorities, but Stewart told her it would be useless because he was friends with the District Attorney, who went to his church.
Eventually she confided in a social worker, who contacted the medical licencing board who in turn confronted Stewart in September 2015.
Minutes from meetings between the board and Stewart reveal how he brokered a deal with them, in which he would voluntarily surrender his licence in return for not having to undergo a hearing.
Minutes also show the board considered reporting the incident to the District Attorney, but decided against it.
The first victim recalled one member of the board putting the idea forward, and the others shooting it down, saying it ‘wasn’t their job’.
The victim said she also asked attorney Joe Ashbaker whether she should take the case to the police, and was told ‘they will destroy you and your family, and he will probably walk.’
Ashbaker recalls that the victim suggested going to the DA’s office, and he told her she would have to go to the police instead because the DA is not an investigative agency.
Shortly afterward Stewart announced his retirement, saying he wanted ‘to focus on my family and health’, which prompted a second victim to come forward with near-identical allegations.
Despite this, the claims were still not passed to police after the medical board told the second victim that there were no criminal charges to answer.
It has since emerged that Andi Higbee, another of Stewart’s patients, reported believing that she was possessed and unknowingly took part in satanic rituals after dark before killing herself in 2003.
Dailymail.com attempted to contact Stewart for comment, but the only number listed on public record has been disconnected.
A call for comment to the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision had also not been returned at the time of publication.