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

Emilio González Fernández, Spanish psychiatrist convicted

Emilio González Fernández The European Times Spanish psychiatrist convicted of sexual abuse expelled by medical association Originally written by Xurxo Melchor, for La Voz de Galicia, in Spanish. June 4, 2021 -- Excerpt: The organisation’s board of directors stresses that Emilio González Fernández’s behaviour is not in line with the ethical and deontological values of the profession. The board of directors of the Official College of Doctors of A Coruña has unanimously approved the expulsion from the institution of the psychiatrist from Santiago convicted of sexual abuse of a patient. Emilio González Fernández is thus provisionally removed from the profession [...]

Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Must Surrender License

Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Legal Reader Pharmacist Who Stole Opioids Must Surrender License By Sara E. Teller July 2, 2020 -- Excerpt ... 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 [...]

Memphis Psych Richard Farmer, “was accused of prescribing hydrocodone and alprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship.”

Memphis Psych Richard Farmer Memphis Commercial Appeal Memphis woman forged names to obtain opioid prescriptions, authorities say By Phillip Jackson September 25, 2019 -- Excerpt Hellman was first indicted in April along with three other Memphis medical professionals: Thomas Hughes, Richard Farmer and James Litton. Hughes, 69, is a licensed endocrinologist who was facing nine counts of illegally dispensing testosterone to himself. Farmer, an East Memphis psychiatrist, was accused of prescribing hydrocodone and alprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship. The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force was started in 2018 in a [...]

Richard Farmer, Psychiatrist, East Memphis, wrote prescriptions “in exchange for sexual favors or companionship”

Richard Farmer Commercial Appeal Here are the Memphis medical professionals indicted in federal opioid crackdown By Micaela Watts April 18, 2019 -- Excerpt Farmer is a psychiatrist with a practice in East Memphis, and is accused of prescribing hydrocodone and aprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship. He is also accused of keeping inadequate patient records, prescribing addictive substances to patients before meeting them and not requiring a drug screen for some patients before prescribing the sometimes deadly combination of hydrocodone and alprazolam... WVLT Prosecutors: West Tennessee doctor trades pills for sexual favors [...]

D. Eugene Redmond Jr., Connecticut Psychiatrist – banned from the Yale campus after claims of sexual misconduct

D. Eugene Redmond Jr. New Haven Register Yale hires investigator after claims of sexual misconduct against former professor By Ed Stannard January 28, 2019 -- Excerpt NEW HAVEN — Yale University President Peter Salovey has hired a former U.S. attorney to investigate sexual misconduct complaints against a former psychiatry professor at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. D. Eugene Redmond Jr. retired in July 2018 while disciplinary proceedings were being brought, based on a student intern’s complaint, according to a Yale news release. A second student filed a complaint this month. The two students were interns at the St. [...]

Pieter van der Westhuizen, Namibian Psychiatrist, charged with attempted murder

Pieter van der Westhuizen Namibian Psychiatrist faces rape charges in High Court By Werner Menges May 28, 2018 -- Excerpt A PSYCHIATRIST accused of having drugged and raped one of his patients at Swakopmund in November 2015 has made a first pretrial appearance in the Windhoek High Court, where he is due to stand trial on five charges. Pieter van der Westhuizen had a first pretrial hearing before judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday last week, following the transfer of his case from the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court to the High Court in Windhoek. Van der Westhuizen (61) has been indicted on [...]

Leon Fajerman, San Diego Psychiatrist – accused of sexual misconduct

Leon Fajerman NBC 7 San Diego More Allegations That Local Doctor Sexually Abused Female Patients Eight women now claim they were fondled, kissed, groped or subject to similar sexual abuse by a South Bay psychiatrist, according to accusations by the California Medical Board. By Paul Krueger April 19, 2018 -- Excerpt Eight women now claim they were fondled, kissed, groped or subject to similar sexual abuse by a South Bay psychiatrist, according to accusations by the California Medical Board. NBC 7 Investigates broke this story last summer. At that time, three female patients filed complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior against [...]

James Yelton-Rossello, Florida psychiatrist, alleged to have molested jailed psychiatric patients

James Yelton-Rossello Daily Mail Doctors all over the US are keeping their licenses to practice medicine despite rampant sexual misconduct against patients, shocking investigation reveals By Associated Press April 14, 2018 -- Excerpt The lenience of penalties for sexually abusive doctors sometimes a source of frustration even for members of the medical board who administer the discipline, according to Jason Rosenberg, a former chairman of the Florida medical board. 'This is incredibly inappropriate,' Rosenberg said during one 2013 meeting when Florida's medical board allowed James Yelton-Rossello, a psychiatrist alleged to have molested jailed psychiatric patients, to keep his license. The [...]

Dan Nicolau, psychiatrist, Tennessee – probation for two years

Knoxville News Sentinel 3 ET doctors have licenses placed on probation, state says By Kristi L Nelson Published 4:31 p.m. ET Oct. 23, 2017 | Updated 2:50 p.m. ET July 10, 2018 -- Excerpt Three Upper East Tennessee doctors have had their licenses put on probation, said the Tennessee Department of Health. One, psychiatrist Dr. Dan Nicolau of Johnson City, prescribed narcotics to a woman “not pursuant to a doctor-patient relationship” and entered her home uninvited, according to state records... Nicolau will pay $2,000 in civil penalties, in addition to the costs of prosecuting his case, and [...]

Thomas Havel, California psychiatrist, accused of molesting two teenage girls

Thomas Havel San Jose Mercury News Mountain View: Advocates for those molested by priests want psychiatrist out of El Camino Hospital By Eric Kurhi December 5, 2014 --Excerpt Victim advocates Friday called for the ouster of a psychiatrist and former priest who has practiced at El Camino Hospital for decades, citing accusations that he had molested two teenage girls years ago. In 1988 Dr. Thomas Havel, now 77, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl whom he had counseled before coming to El Camino, beginning when she was 13 years old. That lawsuit was dismissed on the grounds that [...]

William Ayres, California psychiatrist, sentenced to eight years

William Ayres San Jose Mercury News Peninsula child psychiatrist William Ayres sentenced to eight years for molesting patients By Joshua Melvin August 27, 2013 -- EXCERPT REDWOOD CITY -- As one victim after another testified, calling William Ayres a monster and a serial child-abuser who robbed them of their innocence, the once-renowned child psychiatrist sat stoically Monday as a judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for molesting his former patients. Because of his age and health problems, it is likely a life sentence for the 81-year-old ex-doctor who pleaded no contest to eight felony counts of lewd and [...]

Richard Adamson, Seattle Psychiatrist, accused of sex with 2 patients

Richard Adamson Seattlepi.com Woman sues Seattle psychiatrist accused of sex with patients By Vanessa Ho April 7, 2011 -- Excerpt A Seattle psychiatrist accused by the state of having sex with two patients has been sued by one of his patients, who said his actions caused her "severe psychological and emotional injury." Last week, the state's Medical Quality Assurance Commission suspended the license of Richard T. Adamson, after accusing him of having sex with two female patients and disclosing the contents of their therapy sessions to other patients. Much of the woman's lawsuit, filed Monday in King County Superior Court, [...]

Rafael Rivera, Army psychiatrist, accused of sexual relations with patient

Rafael Rivera United Press International Army psychiatrist accused of having sex with patient By Neil Roland July 7, 1986 -- Excerpt The Army is investigating allegations against a psychiatrist accused of having sexual relations with a female patient at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center between 1983 and 1985, an Army spokesman says. On June 17, the Army ordered an investigation of charges that Dr. Rafael ''Pete'' Rivera, a colonel, committed sodomy, ''indecent acts,'' adultery and ''conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman,'' Army spokesman Lt. Col. John Ooley said last week... The commanding general at Fort Belvoir, Va., will [...]

Jose Tombo – Michigan Psychiatrist, Accused of Improper Sexual Activities

Jose Tombo United Press International Psychiatrist terminated amid charges of improper activities Dateline: Lansing, Michigan December 13, 1985 --Excerpt A psychiatrist accused of improper sexual activities with patients, including an accused child killer, was fired Friday by the Mental Health Department. Mental Health Director Patrick Babcock said the decision to fire Jose Tombo was made following a disciplinary conference at the Northville Regional Psychiatric Hospital, where Tombo was employed. The doctor, a veteran of about 10 years with the department, can appeal the decision through grievance or arbitration processes. His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment. The action [...]

Robert Stein, chief psychiatrist, dismissed by Army

Robert Stein The Associated Press Army Dismisses Fort Carson Psychiatry Chief Dateline: Colorado Springs, Colorado November 18, 1985 --Excerpt The chief psychiatrist at the Army's Fort Carson Hospital, who is being dismissed because of alleged affairs with two patients that cost him his civilian license before he entered the service, calls the charges "trumped up." Col. Robert Stein's civilian license was revoked in Kansas in 1980 after an investigation showed he had sexual intercourse with two patients, post spokesman Maj. Tom Barnum said today. Kansas reinstated Stein's license in 1983. Stein, 56, chief of psychiatry at [...]