Psychiatrist Who Treated Adam Lanza Charged With Sexually Assaulting Patient
By David Moran
April 22, 2016
BROOKFIELD – A former psychiatrist who treated Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza when he was a teenager was arrested this week and charged with sexual assault after police say he carried on a sexual relationship with a former patient.
Brookfield detectives traveled to Paul Fox’s residence in Peaks Island, Maine, to take him into custody Wednesday with the assistance of Homeland Security Agents, police said.
Fox was charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault after police say he carried on “a sexual relationship with an adult patient while he was a practicing psychiatrist in Brookfield.” Police said the relationship occurred between October 2010 and October 2011.
Facing allegations of misconduct, Fox, formerly of Brookfield, surrendered his Connecticut medical license in July 2012. He also gave up his license to practice in New York. Investigators with the Connecticut Department of Public Health had “alleged possible boundary violations between [Fox] and a patient,” according to New York regulatory records. There is no indication that the patient was Lanza.
State police detectives investigating the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School talked with Fox and several other practitioners as they pieced together Lanza’s history of mental health treatments. Detectives contacted Fox in New Zealand, where he was living at the time.
Fox told detectives in a Dec. 17, 2012, telephone interview that he had destroyed any records he had of his treatment of Lanza but recalled last seeing him when Lanza was about 15. He said the teen was “very rigid … resistant to engagement” and recalled that he had “aggression problems,” police reported.
An assessment by the psychologist at Newtown High School refers to an evaluation Fox did of Lanza in September 2005, according to police reports.
Fox was first licensed in Connecticut in 1988, according to health department records.
He posted a $100,000 bond and will appear on the charges at Danbury Superior Court on May 3.