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Northwestern
By Jeff Bollier

An Oshkosh psychiatrist was bound over for trial on a charge of sexually exploiting a patient after the victim testified about a June 21 incident during a preliminary hearing Thursday.

Charles D. Morgan, 62, will be arraigned at a later date in Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Hart Key\’s courtroom after Court Commissioner David Keck found there was probable cause that Morgan committed sexual exploitation by a therapist.

Keck said the testimony during the hearing showed there was an ongoing relationship between the victim, now 28, and Morgan at the time when the alleged assault occurred in his office at Mercy Medical Center. The criminal complaint indicates Morgan had been treating the victim for bipolar disorder for two years and admitted to police investigators that he kissed her on at least one occasion and had sexual contact with her even though he knew it was legally, morally and ethically wrong.

The woman contacted police on June 26, after Morgan made unwanted advances as she was being discharged from a hospital on June 21.

Morgan\’s attorney, Nila Robinson, suggested the victim\’s testimony was unreliable because her treatment, which included electric-convulsive therapy, may have affected her memory.

If convicted, Morgan faces up to 12 years and six months in jail and a $25,000 fine.