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

  • Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Indian Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Times of India Maharashtra medical council notice to drug rehab specialist TNN November 20, 2020 Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant MUMBAI: Acting on a complaint about violence and sexual abuse against drug rehabilitation specialist Dr Yusuf Merchant, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) on Thursday issued a notice to him detailing the charges and seeking his reply. The notice, signed by MMC registrar Sanjay Deshmukh, said the council had examined the material submitted by complainant Arjun Nath and found a “prima facie case exists for holding an inquiry” into the doctor’s conduct. But, Dr Merchant’s lawyer Shabnam Latiwala said her client is [...]

  • Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava

Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava suspended

CBC Fredericton psychiatrist suspended by College of Physicians and Surgeons Five complaints sent to college about Manoj Bhargava's conduct with patients By Lauren Bird November 17, 2020 Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava A Fredericton psychiatrist was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Tuesday after the college received several complaints about him that alleged misconduct toward patients. Dr. Manoj Bhargava works at Fredericton Addiction and Mental Health, which is part of Horizon Health, and part time at the Student Health Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Alison Larade began seeing Bhargava as a first-year student at [...]

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Six patients filed complaints on Abner Pasatiempo

Guam Daily Post Former Guam psychiatrist seeks resolution to complaint By John O'Connor November 9, 2020 A psychiatrist who formerly worked at the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and left Guam following complaints made against him in December 2019 is seeking to resolve the matter in order to begin working in Alaska. Six patients filed a complaint against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo in December 2019, according to discussions at that time within the Guam Board of Medical Examiners, which received the complaint. Before practicing in Guam, Pasatiempo had been disciplined in Maryland for engaging in a sexual relationship with a [...]

  • Guam Psychiatrist Abner Pasatiempo

Psych Abner Pasatiempo – Trouble Finding Work

Pacific Daily News Investigation of former GovGuam psychiatrist reopened By Jerick Sablan November 9, 2020 Psychiatrist Abner Pasatiempo The Guam Board of Medical Examiners will reopen an investigation against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo after he reapplied for his license to practice on Guam. Pasatiempo resigned from the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center last December after being accused of sexual misconduct involving six female patients. The patients filed a complaint with the board in December, but Pasatiempo declined to renew his license and the board said it couldn't proceed with the investigation as it had no jurisdiction over the psychiatrist. [...]

  • Jostin Francis - psychiatrist

Jostin Francis, Kerala psychiatrist – booked by police

The NEWS Minute Wayanad psychiatrist Dr Jostin Francis booked for allegedly abusing patient "We are investigating and an arrest will be recorded soon,” Circle Inspector of the Kalpetta police station told TNM. TNM Staff October 27, 2020 Jostin Francis - psychiatrist A well-known psychiatrist and government doctor from Kerala has been booked by the police for allegedly misbehaving with a female patient in his private clinic in Wayanad. The Kalpetta police have registered a case against Dr Jostin Francis, who is renowned in the field of psychiatry and addiction treatment medicine. The doctor is also a familiar face on [...]

  • Rajen Desai - Psychiatrist

Rajen Desai, Beaumont psychiatrist, charged with prostitution

KJAS Beaumont psychiatrist's troubles go deeper than arrest in prostitution sting by Steve W Stewart October 25, 2020 Rajen Desai - Psychiatrist KJAS News has learned that a Beaumont psychiatrist who was arrested in a weekend prostitution sting actually has troubles that go back several years. 62-year-old Dr. Rajen Desai - along with two-dozen other men - were nabbed in the operation that was conducted by Beaumont Police and others. Beaumont Police say Desai was charged with prostitution and he is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail. His bond amount was not available as of Sunday. According [...]

  • Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox

Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox leaving prison

New Zealand Herald Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox was sexual predator who manipulated patient By Natalie Akoorie October 20, 2020 Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox The shocking extent of sexual offending by an American psychiatrist who worked at Waikato Hospital has sparked fears for his New Zealand patients and renewed questions over a review into his treatment of them. The sexual abuse by Dr Paul Fox of a patient in the United States immediately before he worked in Hamilton is outlined for the first time in a powerful victim impact statement by the young woman he assaulted. But Waikato [...]

  • Psych Allan Seltzer

Psych Allan Seltzer, Sudbury, to be sentenced

Sudbury Star Sentencing for former Sudbury psychiatrist delayed again By Harold Carmichael October 17, 2020 Psychiatrist Allan Seltzer A Sudbury man who practised psychiatry even though he was not registered to do so and who had a sexual relationship with a patient may not be sentenced until late in the year. Allan Seltzer, 69, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in February and was to be sentenced on April 9, but the COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with Ontario’s courts. A sentencing date for Seltzer was to have been set in assignment court Aug. 28, but it was not. [...]

  • Ashok J. Bharucha - psychiatrist

Ashok J. Bharucha, Lewisburg psych – sex charges

Daily Item Valley doctor facing sexual assault charges By Marcia Moore October 6, 2020 Ashok J. Bharucha - psychiatrist A Lewisburg psychiatrist is facing sexual assault charges in State College, where he also runs a practice. Ashok J. Bharucha, 53, is accused of sexually assaulting a patient he was seeing in his State College office in June, according to public records. Bharucha is charged with felony sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor indecent assault. The charges have been waived to the county court in State College. Bharucha is free after posting $40,000 cash bail. Ashok J. Bharucha [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Psych 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 [...]

  • Memphis Psychiatrist

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 J. 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 [...]

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