“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
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March 1993

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 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 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, 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 [...]

Allan Seltzer, Sudbury Psychiatrist, admits to sexually assaulting patient

Sudbury Star Sudbury court: Psychiatrist with no licence admits to sexually assaulting patient By Harold Carmichael February 18, 2020 Psychiatrist Allan Seltzer A Sudbury man who was practising psychiatry even though he was not registered to do so pleaded guilty to sexual assault following a relationship with a female patient. Allan Seltzer, 69, was scheduled to start a four-day Superior Court of Justice trial Tuesday on one sexual assault and three fraud charges arising from incidents in 2016. Instead, he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault charge. Since the court ordered a pre-sentence report, Seltzer, who acted [...]

Richard Ingrasci, Mass. Psychiatrist, allegedly told patient “sexual contact was necessary to cure her cancer”

Quartz Psychedelic therapy has a sexual abuse problem By Olivia Goldhill March 3, 2020 Richard Ingrasci - Psychiatrist ...Sexual abuse is an old problem in psychedelic therapy. The pattern was evident in the early 1980s, before the substance was made illegal as a schedule 1 drug in the United States. In cases well-known among psychedelic practitioners, two psychiatrists who gave their clients MDMA, Richard Ingrasci and Francesco DiLeo, were separately sued by former patients who accused them of abusive sexual behavior. Ingrasci allegedly told one patient that sexual contact would help cure her cancer, while DiLeo said [...]

Psychiatrist Roy Monsour, PA, arrested – accused of inappropriately touching a child

Tribune-Review Ligonier Township physician charged with indecent assault of child By Renatta Signorini October 13, 2017 ROY MONSOUR - psychiatrist Police this week arrested a Ligonier Township physician on allegations that he inappropriately touched a child on multiple occasions while the pair watched “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” according to court papers. Dr. Roy C. Monsour, 63, is charged with indecent assault and related offenses in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2014. He is free on $100,000 unsecured bond. When reached by phone Friday, Monsour referred a reporter to his attorney, who could [...]

Guam Psych Abner Pasatiempo under investigation – Six complaints alleging inappropriate sexual conduct

Pacific Daily News AG investigating former Behavioral Health psychiatrist By Jerick Sablan February 8, 2020 Guam Psych Abner Pasatiempo The Office of Attorney General is conducting an investigation into allegations against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo, a former Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center psychiatrist, spokeswoman Carlina Charfauros said. The AG's office expects to conclude the investigation soon, she said. Six complaints were filed against Pasatiempo in December, alleging inappropriate sexual conduct by patients. Behavioral Health Director Theresa Arriola said Pasatiempo was immediately suspended from his duties when she received the complaints. The complaints also were submitted to the Guam [...]

Air Force Psychiatrist court-martialed but continues to practice privately

Fox 46 Military sexual assault, rape victims blocked from justice February 4, 2020 They put their lives on the line for us but who’s protecting them? Sgt. Sherry Futch joined the Army in 2005 at the height of the Iraq war. The Charlotte native felt it was her patriotic duty to put on the uniform. “I wanted to serve my country,” said Futch. “I wanted to honor my country.” Futch was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state where, in 2011, she alleges she was sexually harassed, repeatedly, by one of her superiors. “He appeared to be either rubbing [...]

Ont. psychiatrist Karin Kerfoot, license revoked for sexually abusing a patient – says she is the victim

CBC News She's accused of sexually abusing a patient. But this London, Ont. psychiatrist says she's the victim By Kate Dubinski January 30, 2020 Psychiatrist Karin Kerfoot A London, Ont., psychiatrist who was stripped of her licence earlier this week is speaking out about working conditions at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), a disciplinary process she says stacks the deck against physicians and a situation with a patient that she describes as a nightmare. Dr. Karin Kerfoot's medical licence was revoked Monday, when the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) ruled at a hearing in [...]

Karin Elaine Kerfoot, Ont. psychiatrist, loses license – sex abuse of patient

CTVNews Licence revoked for Ont. psychiatrist who sexually abused patient By Ben Cousins January 28, 2020 Psychiatrist Karin Kerfoot TORONTO -- A London, Ont. psychiatrist has lost her licence effective immediately after it was found that she engaged in the sexual abuse of one of her patients. Dr. Karin Elaine Kerfoot, who practised at the London Health Sciences Centre, was accused of “engaging in sexual intercourse, oral sex, and kissing with the patient” over a more than one-year relationship with the victim that began in May 2015, according to the written decision. She was also accused of going [...]

Karin Kerfoot, London, Ont. psychiatrist, accused of sex abuse

CBC London, Ont. psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing her patient By Kate Dubinski January 27, 2020 Psychiatrist Karin Kerfoot A London, Ont. doctor accused of sexually abusing a patient will have her case heard before a disciplinary committee today. Dr. Karin Kerfoot is a psychiatrist who practiced at the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) until two and a half years ago, when her license was suspended after she was accused of having an ongoing relationship with a patient. Kerfoot is accused of professional misconduct, namely sexual abuse of a patient, according to documents filed with the College of [...]

Gavin Patrick Meany, Twin Cities Psychiatrist, guilty of criminal sexual contact

Star Tribune Twin Cities psychiatrist pleads guilty to sexually assaulting patient January 23, 2020 Psychiatrist Gavin Patrick Meany A Twin Cities psychiatrist pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a female patient at his south metro office and home. Dr. Gavin Patrick Meany, 38, of Apple Valley, entered the guilty plea to four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office. Judge Jerome Abrams will sentence him April 20 in Hastings. In August 2019, a woman told Burnsville police that she had been abused over the past five years by Meany while receiving psychiatric [...]

Malaysian Psychiatrist Gurdeep Singh charged again for sexual misconduct

MalayMail Psychiatrist accused of sexual misconduct charged again Jan 24, 2020 By Azril Annuar Psychiatrist Gurdeep SIngh KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — A psychiatrist, who had previously been charged over allegedly sexually harassing his patient has been charged again today at the Magistrate’s Court in Petaling Jaya. Lawyer Francis Pereira ,who held a watching brief for the victim told the Malay Mail that the suspect Dr Gurdeep Singh had also changed lawyers from Datuk Suraj Singh to Datuk Haaziq Pillay. “He was recharged today and of course he has a new lawyer on record. He is being represented [...]

Perth Psychiatrist Peter McCarthy had sex with patient and used drugs

Sunshine Coast Daily Psychiatrist had sex with patient and used drugs by Michael Ramsey January 23, 2020 Psychiatrist Peter McCarthy A disgraced Perth psychiatrist who had a sexual relationship with a patient, inappropriately prescribed her stimulants and smoked marijuana in her company has had a finding of professional misconduct made against him. Peter David McCarthy, 69, also attempted to persuade the patient not to co-operate with authorities during disciplinary proceedings against him. McCarthy was subsequently convicted in 2018 by the WA District Court of attempting to pervert the course of justice. He was handed a minimum six-month jail [...]

Andrew Clayton, UK psychiatrist, “placed on the sex offenders register”

BBC Derbyshire doctor struck off over harassment claims July 29, 2010 Psychiatrist Andrew Clayton The General Medical Council (GMC) has struck off a doctor after complaints that he sexually harassed female patients over a 12-year period. Dr Andrew Clayton, 54, practised as a consultant psychiatrist in South Derbyshire from 1987 until 2008. The panel heard he had shown sexually motivated behaviour towards two patients and two trainee workers. In two cases he asked patients to undress for unnecessary breast examinations without a chaperone. In September 1990, a patient consulted Dr Clayton at his Swadlincote clinic where he asked [...]

Rohan Jahagirdar, India psychiatrist, allegedly raped patient

PuneMirror Woman claims cop harassment while investigating rape claim against doctor January 15, 2020 Psychiatrist Rohan Jahagirdar After registering a complaint of rape against a well-known psychiatrist from the city, a woman has now claimed that the cops investigating this case have been constantly harassing her. In a letter escalating the complaint to the city’s top cop, the survivor has spelt out a veritable manual of how law enforcement authorities should not handle a case of crime against a woman. The 28-year-old complainant had on November 24, 2019, registered a case against Dr Rohan Jahagirdar at Shivajinagar police [...]

Clarence White, Syracuse Psychiatrist – license revoked for sex with patient Syracuse psychiatrist accused of having sex with patient loses medical license By James T. Mulder January 14, 2020 SYRACUSE, NY – The state has revoked the medical license of a Syracuse psychiatrist accused of having sex with a patient. Dr. Clarence White, 44, was working at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca in 2017 when he entered into an inappropriate relationship with a female patient he was treating, according to the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct. He asked the patient for her phone number, socialized with her, started a sexual relationship and gave her money to buy merchandise, according [...]

Omar Hasan, Beckley psychiatrist, suspended for having an inappropriate relationship with a patient

The Register-Herald Suspension of psychiatrist's license is in effect By Jessica Farrish January 9, 2020 Omar Hasan - Psychiatrist A Beckley psychiatrist who West Virginia Board of Medicine cited for having an inappropriate relationship with a patient in 2013 and 2014 began a one-year license suspension on Thursday, WVBOM website published. The WVBOM had suspended Dr. Omar Hasan's license in 2017 due to an improper sexual relationship with a patient. Hasan's attorneys appealed the decision to Kanawha Count Circuit Court and then to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. Both courts sided with WVBOM, with the [...]

Guam Psychiatrist Abner Pasatiempo accused of inappropriate touching has resigned

Pacific Daily News Guam psychiatrist accused of inappropriate touching has resigned Anumita Kaur January 6, 2020 Abner Pasatiempo - psychiatrist A psychiatrist accused of inappropriately touching patients was suspended by Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center as soon as complaints were received last month, according to the center's director. Dr. Abner Pasatiempo has since resigned from Behavioral Health and withdrawn his re-licensing application with the Guam Board of Medical Examiners, Director Theresa Arriola said. Pasatiempo's Maryland medical license was suspended in 2006 after he had sex with a patient. Pacific Daily News reported on Sunday that the board [...]