SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

“Sexual misconduct is particularly damaging to the reputation of psychiatry because the damages to patients which result are mental and emotional in nature. If psychiatry loses the confidence of society, its ability to pursue its mission will be damaged.”

American Psychiatric Association
Approved by the Board of Trustees
March 1993

  • Jonathan Smithson - psychiatrist

Jonathan Smithson, Aussie Psychiatrist, struck off

Sydney Morning Herald Former heroin-addicted psychiatrist fails drug tests By Kate McClymont September 21, 2020 Jonathan Smithson - psychiatrist A psychiatrist, who was struck off the medical register 20 years ago for his drug addiction as well as having sex with a 20-year-old patient and injecting her with heroin, has been suspended for suspected heroin use. On July 14, Dr Jonathan Smithson, who had been working as a relief registrar at the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital, had his registration suspended owing to several failed drug tests that indicated heroin and amphetamine use. [...]

  • Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant, Mumbai, accused of rape

Free Press Journal Mumbai: MMC receives sexual abuse complaint against Dr Yusuf Merchant, gives him 15 days to reply By FPJ Web Desk September 18, 2020 Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant A well-known drug rehabilitation specialist and psychiatrist has been accused of sexual abuse and rape. Dr Shivkumar Utture, President, Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), said they have received a complaint copy against Dr Yusuf Merchant on Thursday evening. The copy of the complaint will be shared with Dr Merchant and he will need to file a reply on the complaint. Course of action will be decided after Dr Merchant files his response. [...]

  • Yusuf Merchant

Yusuf Merchant, Mumbai “Psychiatrist”

MumbaiMirror Mumbai’s famous drug rehabilitation specialist and 'psychiatrist' Dr Yusuf Merchant accused of sexual abuse, including minor's rape By Sunil Baghel, Alka Dhupkar September 18, 2020 Yusuf Merchant - Psychiatrist Disturbing testimonies of seven of Dr Yusuf Merchant’s patients given to Maharashtra Medical Council Collective called People Against Rehab Abuse (PARA) brings multiple charges of abuse against celeb doctor The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has received a complaint levelling serious charges of sexual abuse, including the rape of a minor, against internationally renowned Mumbai-based drug rehabilitation specialist and “psychiatrist” Dr Yusuf Merchant. The complaint filed by People Against Rehab [...]

  • Gavin P. Meany

Gavin P. Meany, Minn psychiatrist – gets prison time

Star Tribune 7½-year sentence for Twin Cities psychiatrist who repeatedly sexually assaulted patient Gavin P. Meany will serve the first five years in prison and the balance on supervised release. By Paul Walsh September 10, 2020 Gavin P. Meany - Psychiatrist A Twin Cities psychiatrist has been sentenced to a 7½-year term for repeatedly sexually assaulting a patient in trauma therapy. Gavin P. Meany, 39, was sentenced Wednesday in Dakota County District Court after pleading guilty in January to four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Upon sentencing by Judge Jerome Abrams, Meany was taken into custody and will [...]

  • Egypt Psychiatrist

Egypt Psychiatrist – attempt to kiss, hug female patients

Gulf News Egypt: Psychiatrist remanded for attempt to kiss, hug female patients as remedy Several women filed complaints, accusing him of abusing them during treatment sessions By Ramadan Al Sherbini September 06, 2020 Cairo: Prosecutors in an Egyptian Delta city ordered a psychiatrist remanded over alleged physical and verbal abuses of female patients, legal sources said Sunday, amid a heightened crackdown in the country on sex assaults. The psychiatrist, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested and interrogated after several women had filed legal complaints, accusing him of abusing them during treatment sessions inside his clinic in the city of [...]

  • Sarah Boyle

Sarah Boyle, R.I. Psychiatrist, had affair with a former male patient she treated for couple’s therapy

Providence Journal R.I. judge upholds pulling of psychiatrist’s license after she had affair with patient By Katie Mulvaney September 1, 2020 534 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906 PROVIDENCE — A Superior Court judge has upheld the state’s revocation of a Providence psychiatrist’s medical license following her affair with a former male patient she treated for couple’s therapy with his wife. Judge Susan E. McGuirl on Monday upheld the state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline and Department of Health Director Nicole Alexander-Scott’s decision to discipline Sarah F. Boyle by revoking her medical license and fining her $10,000 for repeated [...]

  • Queensland psychiatrist

Queensland Psychiatrist offers own husband to patient for sex therapy

Courier Mail Wacky sex therapy Shrink's hubby slept with patient By Kay Dibben August 15, 2020 A PSYCHIATRIST who treated a female patient with sexual anxiety by getting her to have sex with her own husband — while she watched — has been fined $25,000. The doctor and her husband also had sex in front of the patient during the highly unconventional "sex therapy", a tribunal heard. The patient had previously lived with the psychiatrist and her husband as an au pair, and the two women later became friends. But it was during a therapeutic relationship, while the psychiatrist was [...]

  • Psychiatrist Allan Seltzer

Psychiatrist Allan Seltzer, Sudbury, will be sentenced for sexually assaulting a patient

Sudbury Star Unlicensed psychiatrist still before the courts in Sudbury By Harold Carmichael August 14, 2020 Psychiatrist Allan Seltzer It now appears a Sudbury man practising psychiatry even though he was not registered to do so and who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a patient will be sentenced in the fall. Allan Seltzer, 69, was to have been sentenced April 9. The onset of the coronavirus pandemic, however, essentially shut down Ontario’s courts starting in mid-March. They have now re-opened on a partial basis. Seltzer’s case is now scheduled to be spoken to in Superior Court on Sept. 16. [...]

  • Psych Gurdeep Singh

Psych Gurdeep Singh, Malaysia, sexual misconduct trial

Malaymail Psychiatrist sexual misconduct trial: Defence argues intrusive questions necessary to determine victim’s mental state, medical history By R. Loheswar August 13, 2020 Psych Gurdeep Singh KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 — The defence counsel for a psychiatrist charged with allegedly insulting the modesty of a former patient told the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court that the line of questioning, which were personal in nature, was necessary and part of the medical procedures for mental health patients. Lawyer Datuk Haaziq Pillay representing the accused Dr Gurdeep Singh, said the questions that were intrusive in nature was crucial for a psychiatrist to [...]

  • Psychiatrist Gurdeep SIngh

Psychiatrist Gurdeep Singh, Malaysia, sent pictures of his genitals according to patient

Malay Mail In court, rape victim details incidents that led to her reporting former consultant psychiatrist for sexual misconduct By R. Loheswar July 29, 2020 Psychiatrist Gurdeep Singh At the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court today, a woman detailed her experiences with her former psychiatrist that eventually led to her lodging a police report against him for allegedly insulting her modesty. The victim, who wishes not to be named, alleged that apart from repeatedly asking her to recall her harrowing experience of being raped, Dr Gurdeep Singh had also sent her pictures of his genitals as well as invited [...]

  • Psychiatrist Robert Hampshire

Psychiatrist Robert Hampshire, Australia, struck off

Daily Mail Doctor is struck off for sending a young female patient a string of late-night texts and telling her to take her clothes off in a lewd phone call By Australian Associated Press July 16, 2020 Psychiatrist Robert Hampshire A Sydney doctor who sent a young female patient a series of suggestive late-night messages has had his registration cancelled for at least three years. Dr Robert Hampshire, 71, was on Thursday found guilty of five breaches including unsatisfactory professional conduct by the Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The Health Care Complaints Commission succeeded in having the psychiatrist's registration cancelled [...]

  • Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Ashok Bharucha, State College, allegedly sexually assaulted patient

The Daily Collegian State College psychiatrist allegedly sexually assaulted patient during appointment Quincey Reese July 10, 2020 Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist State College psychiatrist Ashok Bharucha allegedly sexually assaulted a patient during an appointment, according to the affidavit of a police criminal complaint. State College Police officers responded to the reported sexual assault on Tuesday, June 16, where they met with the individual who was allegedly assaulted. According to the affidavit, the individual told officers he was at a psychiatrist appointment with Bharucha in his office, located at 119 S. Burrowes St. During the appointment, the individual said Bharucha [...]

  • UK Psych Adrian Marsden

UK Psych Adrian Marsden lost his “professional reputation”

Daily Echo Child psychiatrist's sentence cannot be reviewed over 'leniency' By Jason Lewis July 10, 2020 UK Psych Adrian Marsden THE sentence of a child psychiatrist who was found in possession of more than 2,000 indecent images of children was referred to the Attorney General over the suggestion it was too lenient. Doctor Adrian Marsden, 60, avoided jail at Poole Magistrates’ Court last month after pleading guilty to charges of making indecent photos of children and possessing prohibited images of children. Marsden, of Brownsea Road, Poole, was fined £2,500 and given five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He was [...]

  • Rajdeep Singh Sandhu

Rajdeep Singh Sandhu, QLD psychiatrist, jailed – child porn

Bellingen Courier Sun Qld doctor jailed over child porn images By Aaron Bunch July 8, 2020 A rural Queensland doctor has been jailed after he walked into a police station and told officers he had downloaded child exploitation videos and photos. Rajdeep Singh Sandhu, 42, was found guilty of possessing child exploitation material while working at the Bundaberg Hospital in 2017 and 2018. The psychiatrist told police he downloaded material of children as young as two years old. "I would like to disclose to take responsibility," he said in a video of a 2018 police interview played to the Brisbane [...]

  • Psych Richard Farmer

Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Must Surrender License

Legal Reader Pharmacist Who Stole Opioids Must Surrender License By Sara E. Teller July 2, 2020 == Excerpt Psych Richard Farmer In February of this year, Memphis psychiatrist, 83-year-old licensed psychiatrist Richard Farmer, was also found guilty of unlawfully distributing opioids. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found Farmer guilty of “three counts of distribution of controlled substances outside of the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.” Farmer was charged in April 2019 after reportedly giving opioids to three sisters who he had “ongoing sexual contact” with while prescribing the opioids. Farmer is accused of [...]

  • Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist

Ashok Bharucha, Lewisburg Psychiatrist, accused of sexually assaulting patient

WJAC Police: State College psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting patient By Gary Sinderson June 26, 2020 Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WJAC) — A State College psychiatrist is jailed and facing a sexual assault charge after a patient tells police the doctor got physical with him during a recent therapy session. 53-year-old Ashok Bharucha of Lewisburg is accused of assaulting a man during an appointment earlier this month at the doctor’s State College office. According to the criminal complaint form, the man was there for what he terms "a routine psychiatrist appointment" with Dr. Bharucha. He said [...]

  • Psychiatrist Andrew Leggett

Aussie Psychiatrist Andrew Leggett reprimanded over inappropriate relationship

Sydney Morning Herald Psychiatrist reprimanded over inappropriate relationship lands senior NSW hospital job By Michael Evans June 21, 2020 Psychiatrist Andrew Leggett A psychiatrist reprimanded in Queensland over an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former patient has been appointed to a senior clinical role in the NSW public health system. In 2012, the Medical Board of Australia launched disciplinary action against Dr Andrew Leggett over his treatment of a female patient, alleging the psychiatrist allowed the relationship to become personal and sexual. It launched action that saw Dr Leggett take voluntary redundancy and leave the public system. The psychiatrist [...]

  • Isle of Man Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne

Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne – sexual misconduct allegations

Manx radio Dr Timothy Byrne resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations June 22, 2020 Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne The Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Noble's Hospital has resigned, amidst an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Dr Timothy Byrne, who's from Ramsey, will appear before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester on Tuesday, 21 and Wednesday, 22 July. It's alleged that Dr Byrne had a long-term affair with a patient, whilst acting as their treating psychiatrist or care coordinator. A report says the patient had suffered childhood abuse, and was referred to Dr Byrne in 2003, described as [...]

  • UK Psychiatrist Adrian Marsden

UK Psychiatrist Adrian Marsden sentenced for possession of indecent images of children

Bristol Live Mother's 'disgust' as psychiatrist uses stress of daughter's inquest as excuse for child sex abuse images By Tristan Cork June 5, 2020 UK Psychiatrist Adrian Marsden The mother of a Bristol teenager whose death was put down to the negligence of NHS mental health workers has expressed her disgust after one of the psychiatrist's treating her used her case as an excuse for his addiction to child sex abuse images. Nicky Romero said Dr Adrian Marsden should have been jailed after he was found with almost 2,000 indecent images of child sex abuse on his phone. Marsden [...]

  • Robert Fink -psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Robert Fink, Seattle & New Zealand, Accused of Sex with Patient

NZME Second American psychiatrist who worked in NZ was accused of sex with US patient By Natalie Akoorie June 6, 2020 Robert Fink -psychiatrist A second American psychiatrist allowed to work in New Zealand had been accused of having sex with a former patient in the United States, the Weekend Herald can reveal. Dr Robert Ivan Fink began working for the Waikato District Health Board in August 2015, one month after fake psychiatrist Mohamed Siddiqui was arrested for using forged documents to work at Waikato Hospital. Fink's employment as a locum in adult mental health services came 18 [...]

  • Ian Anthony Martin -psychiatrist

Ian Anthony Martin, Launceston psychiatrist, notoriously had sex with his clients before hiring a violent criminal to shut one of them up

Hobart Mercury (Australia) New sex counts dropped By Amber Wilson June 3, 2020 Ian Anthony Martin -psychiatrist Disgraced Launceston psychiatrist Ian Anthony Martin, who notoriously had sex with his clients before hiring a violent criminal to shut one of them up, will no longer face court over fresh criminal allegations. The lascivious 74-year-old started a new life in New South Wales after he was struck off as a practitioner in 2005 and jailed at Risdon Prison in 2008. He was due to return to Tasmania this year to face the Supreme Court over allegations of indecent assault and aggravated [...]

  • Charles Marke psychiatrist

Charles Marke, Kamloops psychiatrist, reprimanded for sexual misconduct.

Charles Marke, Kamloops psychiatrist CFJC Today DISCIPLINARY ACTION Kamloops psychiatrist disciplined for inappropriate conduct with former patient By James Peters June 02, 2020 KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops psychiatrist has been formally reprimanded for sexual misconduct. In a decision released Monday (June 1), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia says Dr. Charles James Marke had admitted to the misconduct by “failing to maintain the professional boundaries expected of a registrant.” The incident in question happened one month after Marke concluded treatment with a female patient. According to the disciplinary decision, Marke contacted the former patient and invited her [...]

  • Notorious Psychiatrist Paul Fox

Notorious American psychiatrist Paul Fox loses license in New Zealand

NZ Herald Complaints made about psychiatrist Paul Fox to Waikato DHB months before he resigned By Natalie Akoorie 16 May, 2020 Notorious Psychiatrist Paul Fox A former patient of a notorious American psychiatrist claims he alerted hospital staff to the doctor's de-registration in the United States eight months before it came to light. Dr Paul Fox was employed by Waikato District Health Board in 2012, the same year he surrendered his psychiatry licence in New York and Connecticut amid controversy over an affair with a teenage patient. After the Herald revealed in January 2014 that Fox was not [...]

  • Bernard Murphy -psychiatrist

Bernard Murphy, Psychiatrist of Banteer, Cork – crossed “professional boundaries” with a patient

The Irish Times Psychiatrist censured at High Court for crossing professional boundaries The doctor was the subject of complaints by a former patient of six years By Aodhan O'Faolain May 1, 2020 A consultant psychiatrist has been censured at the High Court, with conditions attached to his registration, after he was found to have crossed professional boundaries with a patient. Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds on Friday confirmed the censure and conditions decision by the Medical Council arising from findings of professional misconduct and poor professional performance against Dr Bernard Murphy, of Banteer, Cork. Dr Murphy was the subject of complaints [...]

  • Chan Herng Nieng - psychiatrist

Chan Herng Nieng, Singapore Psychiatrist, allegedly took advantage of vulnerable female patients

The Business Times Doctors accused of having sex with patients agree not to contact female patients outside of work April 22, 2020 Chan Herng Nieng - psychiatrist [SINGAPORE] The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) has asked the two doctors accused of taking advantage of vulnerable patients for sex to refrain from contacting their female patients outside of work. A woman had complained to the SMC, the medical watchdog, in June 2018 that psychiatrist Chan Herng Nieng and surgeon Julian Ong had taken advantage of vulnerable female patients and colleagues "to satisfy their immoral desires". Dr Ong, whose private practice is [...]

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