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

Ashok Bharucha, State College psychiatrist, sentenced

Ashok Bharucha Centre Daily State College psychiatrist pleads guilty after sexual misconduct allegations By Bret Pallotto September 20, 2021 -- Excerpt A State College psychiatrist accused of sexual misconduct with a patient was sentenced Monday to two years of probation. Ashok Bharucha, 54, pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor count of simple assault. One felony count of sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault were dropped. Bharucha was accused of performing unwanted oral sex on a patient during a June 2020 appointment at his downtown State College office, borough police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause... [...]

Kearney Psychiatrist Reynaldo De Los Angeles, arrested

Kearney Psychiatrist Grand Island Independent Kearney psychiatrist arrested, accused of sexual assault By Kim Schmidt September 2, 2021 -- Excerpt UPDATE: Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles posted a $10,000 Friday and was released from the Buffalo County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court in October. KEARNEY — A Kearney psychiatrist is in jail accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles, 76, was arrested Thursday morning at his office at 409 E. 25th St., on a Buffalo County warrant charging him with third-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor. According to court records, the alleged incident happened [...]

Abner Pasatiempo, Guam Government psychiatrist, arrested in Alaska

Abner Pasatiempo Pacific Daily News Former GovGuam psychiatrist arrested in Alaska By Steve Limtiaco September 1, 2021 -- Excerpt Dr. Abner Pasatiempo, a former Guam government psychiatrist wanted in connection with official misconduct and harassment, was arrested last week in Alaska, according to the Office of the Attorney General. After his arrest on a Guam warrant, Pasatiempo was released on a $2,000 bail bond and ordered not to leave Alaska, according to the attorney general’s office. The Superior Court of Alaska set a Sept. 30 status hearing for the case. The attorney general’s office in February filed a criminal complaint [...]

Andrew Nadell, Bay area psychiatrist, accused of raping 13-year-old

Andrew Nadell San Francisco Chronicle Former patient accuses Bay Area psychiatrist of raping her at age 13, state medical board alleges By Annie Vainshtein July 24, 2021 -- Excerpt The Medical Board of California has accused a Burlingame psychiatrist of sexual misconduct, exploitation and abuse after investigating allegations that he raped a 13-year-old patient and forced her to perform other sexual acts in 2009. William Prasifka, executive director of the medical board, detailed the allegations in a document filed with the board on July 7, in an effort to revoke or suspend the medical license of Dr. Andrew Thomas [...]

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 [...]

Gavin Meany, Minn psychiatrist – imprisoned for sexual assault

Gavin Meany 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 -- Excerpt 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 serve the first five years of his term in prison and then be under court supervision for life. Dakota County prosecutors had [...]

Queensland Psychiatrist offers own husband to patient for sex therapy

Queensland Psychiatrist Courier Mail Wacky sex therapy Shrink's hubby slept with patient By Kay Dibben August 15, 2020 -- Excerpt 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, [...]

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 [...]

Clarence White, Syracuse Psychiatrist – license revoked for sex with patient

Clarence White Syracuse.com Syracuse psychiatrist accused of having sex with patient loses medical license By James T. Mulder January 14, 2020 -- Excerpt 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 [...]

Abner Pasatiempo, Guam Psychiatrist “guilty of immoral or unprofessional conduct”

Pacific Daily News Guam psychiatrist under investigation; previously disciplined in Maryland By Jerick Sablan January 5, 2020 Abner Pasatiempo - psychiatrist A Behavioral Health and Wellness Center psychiatrist whose Maryland medical license was suspended after he had sex with a patient is under investigation by the Guam Board of Medical Examiners. The board knew about Dr. Abner Pasatiempo's troubles in Maryland when he applied for a license here, but the Guam license was granted in April 2018 because of an extraordinary need to fill the position at Behavioral Health, said Dr. Nathaniel Berg, Board of Medical Examiners chairman, [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Felix Larocca, Missouri psychiatrist, sex with teen-age patients

Felix Larocca St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) PSYCHIATRIST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT LOSES LICENSE By Roger Signor August 13, 1992 -- Excerpt Missouri's agency that disciplines errant doctors has revoked the medical license of Dr. Felix F. Larocca, a St. Louis psychiatrist who the agency says had sexual relations with two of his teen-age patients in the mid-1980s. The agency, the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, announced its decision Wednesday. Larocca, medical director of Deaconess Hospital's Eating and Mood Disorders Program, resigned his position Wednesday because he no longer has a medical license, said Jerry W. Paul, hospital [...]

Melvin Wise, Florida psychiatrist, license revoked

Melvin Wise St. Petersburg Times Doctor's license revoked By Carol Gentry August 8, 1992 -- Excerpt ... Malcolmson told the board Florida needs to form a task force to ease the plight of sexual abuse victims who are getting chewed up by the system. While seven women brought complaints against Dr. Melvin Wise, two refused to testify after seeing the others skewered by Wise's attorneys. Only Malcolmson's case survived the legal process. It was the basis for the board's vote Friday to revoke Wise's license. Wise, who practiced child and adolescent psychiatry in Miami, did not appear at the hearing. [...]

John Hamilton, Columbia psychiatrist – guilty of unprofessional conduct

John Hamilton The Washington Post Psychiatry Official From Md. Had Sex With Patient; Columbia Doctor Quits as Officer of National Association After His License Is Suspended By Stephen Buckley March 6, 1992 -- Excerpt A Columbia psychiatrist resigned as an officer of the American Psychiatric Association Wednesday night after Maryland's medical disciplinary board suspended his license for a year because he had a sexual relationship with a patient. John Hamilton, 68, stepped down as a deputy medical director of the APA after the state Board of Physician Quality Assurance found him guilty of unprofessional conduct toward a 40-year-old woman being [...]

Edward Askren, Georgia Psychiatrist, “disciplined in sex case”

Edward Askren The Atlanta Journal and Constitution Psychiatrist is disciplined in sex case; License suspended a month for intimacies with patient in 1981 By Steve Sternberg April 4, 1991 -- Excerpt The medical license of Dr. Edward L. Askren III, a psychiatrist who had admitted having sex with a patient, was temporarily suspended Wednesday by the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners. The one-month suspension will be followed by five years of probation during which Dr. Askren must undergo psychotherapy, must be supervised by another psychiatrist - and may not see any patient without a licensed therapist in the [...]

Norman Ackerman, Manhattan psychiatrist, arrested

Norman Ackerman Newsday (New York) Psychiatric Clinic Charged In $ 1.3M Fraud By Gale Scott December 7, 1990 -- Excerpt A Roslyn psychiatrist and his two Manhattan partners were arrested yesterday and charged with $ 1.3 million in Medicaid fraud in connection with a defunct psychiatric clinic they operated on 121st Street in Harlem. Dr. Nathaniel Lehrman, 67, of Roslyn, Dr. Norman Ackerman, 65, who practiced psychiatry in Manhattan until his license was revoked for sexual misconduct, and their office manager, Robert Cohen, 51, are charged with fraudulently billing the state for 50,000 "phantom" psychotherapy sessions at the Lenox Psychiatric [...]

George Hayter, California psychiatrist, accused of kissing and fondling one of his patients

George Hayter Los Angeles Times PSYCHIATRIST CHARGED WITH FONDLING A FEMALE PATIENT By LANIE JONES May 9, 1990 -- Excerpt The Medical Board of California has accused an Orange psychiatrist of kissing and fondling one of his patients and continuing that intimate conduct for 3 1/2 years. Dr. George M. Hayter, 52, vehemently denied the charges. "That's totally untrue," he said. A 1966 graduate of Duke University Medical School, Hayter has been licensed to practice medicine in California since 1968 and has served on staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange for 18 years. In an April 12 civil [...]

Franklin Simon, Manhattan psychiatrist, charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl

Franklin Simon The New York Times State Psychiatrist Held In Sex Abuse of Girl, 4 September 26, 1986 --Excerpt A supervising psychiatrist at the state's Manhattan Psychiatric Center on Wards Island was arrested yesterday and charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old neighbor girl at his home. The psychiatrist, Dr. Franklin Simon, 45, of 325 Riverside Drive in Manhattan, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. State officials said he would be suspended without pay from his $75,000-a-year job pending the case's outcome. Lieut. Richard J. Marcus of the Manhattan sex crimes [...]