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

  • Kota Damansara Thomson Hospital psychiatrist

Malayasian Psychiatrist fired after patient files sexual harassment complaint

The Star Hospital fires psychiatrist after patient files sexual harassment complaint July 17, 2019 Kota Damansara Thomson Hospital psychiatrist PETALING JAYA: The Kota Damansara Thomson Hospital has terminated the services of a consultant psychiatrist after he was accused of sexually harassing a patient. In addition, the hospital said in a statement that the case had been referred to the police and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) for further action. According to the hospital, it initially suspended the psychiatrist on July 6 pending an internal inquiry following a complaint from the patient. After the inquiry was conducted, the management [...]

  • Isle of Man Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne

Timothy Byrne, Isle of Man Psychiatrist, in hot water – sex with a patient in his office

Daily Mail Married psychiatrist had sex with a patient in his office and gave her a handkerchief doused in his aftershave so she would have a 'piece of him' during two-year affair, tribunal hears By Amie Gordon July 10, 2019 Isle of Man Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne A married consultant psychiatrist had sex with a patient in his office and kissed her during home visits as they had a two-year-long affair, a tribunal heard today. Father-of-one Dr Timothy Byrne gave the woman a handkerchief doused in his aftershave as a 'piece of him' and 'keepsake' of their romance, telling [...]

UK Psychiatrist Shekhar Chandra – Sex with Patient in 2005, now allowed to “practice” again

BMJ Tribunal reaffirms decision that psychiatrist who was struck off can practise again By Clare Dyer July 5, 2019 --Excerpt A doctor who was struck off the UK medical register in 2008 for engaging in sexual acts with a vulnerable patient has been allowed back on the register, despite a successful General Medical Council appeal to the courts against the decision allowing him to resume practice. Shekhar Chandra was a senior house officer in psychiatry working on the Isle of Wight in 2005 when he twice met a vulnerable patient at her home, engaging in oral sex on the second [...]

  • Psychiatrist Christopher-Doyle

Christopher Doyle, Mississauga psychiatrist, loses in attempt to regain his license

Toronto Sun Three strikes and Mississauga psychiatrist is out By Michele Mandel July 2, 2019  Psychiatrist Christopher Doyle There were warning signs from the start. And now, after his third round of trouble, a Mississauga psychiatrist has lost his court bid to have his medical licence reinstated. Dr. Christopher Doyle was stripped of his licence last year by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) for incompetence and professional misconduct, including sending a troubled woman to hospital in a suicidal state after abruptly firing her as a patient. Doyle had argued that his punishment was too [...]

  • Psychiatrist Pieter van der Westhuizen

Pieter van der Westhuizen, Swakopmund psychiatrist, rape trial begins

Namibian Psychiatrist denies rape charges By Werner Menges July 2, 2019 Psychiatrist Pieter van der Westhuizen Dr Pieter van der Westhuizen (62) pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape, a charge of indecent assault, and a charge of attempted murder, alternatively using drugs to overpower a woman so that he could have unlawful intercourse with her, at the start of his trial before acting judge Eileen Rakow. In a 31-page plea explanation that the leader of his defence team, senior counsel Stephen Farrell, read out in court, Van der Westhuizen stated that he was “devastated and saddened” [...]

  • Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

Massachusetts Psychiatrist Keith Ablow settles sexual misconduct lawsuits

The Salem News Keith Ablow settles sexual misconduct lawsuits By Julie Manganis June 26, 2019 Psychiatrist Keith Ablow SALEM — A series of lawsuits alleging that celebrity Newburyport psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow had taken advantage of patients, including engaging in sexual behavior with them, inappropriately prescribing drugs and other "boundary violations," have been settled, court records show. Terms of the settlements were not disclosed in court filings late Tuesday in Salem Superior Court. Ablow, 57, of Newbury, has also had his medical license suspended in Massachusetts and New York. Ablow's attorney, Paul Cirel of Todd and Weld, said [...]

  • Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

New Hartford psychiatrist Surendra Johri found guilty of sex abuse

Observer-Dispatch Former New Hartford psychiatrist sentenced in sex abuse case By Jolene Cleaver June 21, 2019 Psychiatrist Surendra Johri UTICA — A former New Hartford psychiatrist was sentenced Friday to probation for multiple sexual abuse convictions in Utica City Court. Surendra Johri, 62, was found guilty after a February trial of forcible touching and sexual abuse related to an April 15, 2017 incident involving a former patient as well as one count of sexual abuse related to a Nov. 11, 2017 incident involving a another patient. The abuse occurred during psychiatric patient sessions at Community Health and Behavioral [...]

  • Psychiatrist James Ryan

James Ryan, Psychiatrist – suspended in two states – (Mesa, Arizona & San Diego, CA) – sexual misconduct with patients

East Valley Tribune EV psychiatrist runs afoul of 2 medical boards By Jordan Houston June 16, 2019 Psychiatrist James Ryan The way the medical boards of California and Arizona saw it before suspending him this month, East Valley psychiatrist Dr. James Matthew Crowley Ryan had other things in mind when three different women came to him for psychiatric care. Investigators for the California Attorney General's office said: When one woman told the Gilbert resident, then practicing in the San Diego area, that she had had an extramarital affair, he "told her that she should have more affairs" - then had [...]

  • UnNamed Toowoomba psychiatrist

Toowoomba psychiatrist accused of raping a female patient – jury deliberating

The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Queensland) Rape trial set to conclude June 14, 2019 UnNamed Toowoomba psychiatrist THE Toowoomba District Court jury in the trial of a former Toowoomba psychiatrist accused of raping a female patient is expected to retire to consider a verdict today. The 48-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape of the same woman patient which the Crown claims occurred in 2013. The court has heard the relationship between the pair went beyond that of doctor/patient and the couple had engaged in a consensual sexual affair in 2013. However, the Crown case was [...]

  • Psychiatrist Paul Fox

Waikato Psychiatrist Paul Fox guilty of sexual assault

NZ Herald Psychiatrist Paul Fox, who treated Adam Lanza and Waikato patients guilty of sexual assault By Natalie Akoorie June 8, 2019 Psychiatrist Paul Fox An American psychiatrist who was employed by Waikato District Health Board after surrendering his licence in the US amid controversy over an affair with a young patient, has pleaded guilty to her sexual assault. Dr Paul Fox is facing 18 months in prison in his native country after pleading guilty in Danbury, Connecticut, to sexually assaulting the teenager in 2011. The 66-year-old is infamous for treating a teenaged Adam Lanza - who went on [...]

  • Psychiatrist Paul Fox

Paul Fox, Psychiatrist of Sandy Hook School Shooter, Guilty of Sexually Assaulting teenaged female patient

Connecticut Post Adam Lanza’s psychiatrist pleads guilty to sex assault By Daniel Tepfer May 31, 2019 Psychiatrist Paul Fox DANBURY - Adam Lanza’s psychiatrist is facing 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenaged female patient. Paul Fox, 66, who previously had an office in Brookfield, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge William Lavery to one count of second-degree sexual assault under the state statute forbidding psychotherapists from having sex with their patients. Under the plea agreement the judge said he would impose seven years, suspended after Fox serves 18 months and followed by [...]

  • Psychiatrist Alan Emamdee

Farmington psychiatrist Alan Emamdee dodges one bullet, but has another criminal case pending – A former female patient accused him of withholding drugs unless she performed oral sex on him

Daily Times Jury finds former doctor not guilty of sexually assaulting, abusing female patient By Joshua Kellogg May 30, 2019 Psychiatrist Alan Emamdee AZTEC — The former San Juan Regional Medical Center psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting and abusing a former female patient has been found not guilty of all charges by jury. Dr. Alan Emamdee, 42, was acquitted of six, first-degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration on May 30 in Aztec District Court. It took the jury less than three hours to reach a verdict on the third day of the trial in front of District Court [...]

  • Psychiatrist Kim Hyun-chul

Psychiatrist Kim Hyun-chul, Korea, accused of sexually assaulting women patients

Korea Biomedical Review Psychiatrists frustrated over alleged sexual predator’s continued medical practice By Song Soo-youn 2019.05.29 Psychiatrist Kim Hyun-chul The Korea NeuroPsychiatric Association (KNPA) expressed resentment over the continued medical practice of a male psychiatrist, who was accused of sexually assaulting women patients. One year ago, the association struck the name of Kim Hyun-chul off its member list for having an inappropriate relationship with his patients. The association requested the Korean Medical Association (KMA) and the Ministry of Health and Welfare to revoke Kim’s license, but no action was taken. MBC’s journalism program PD Notebook aired “Good Doctor’s Dangerous [...]

  • Psychiatrist Luke Ainsworth

Luke Ainsworth, Aussie Psychiatrist, got patient pregnant – banned from “practising” until next year

The Age Psychiatrist who got 'vulnerable' client pregnant struck off until 2020 By Melissa Iaria May 28, 2019 Psychiatrist Luke Ainsworth A psychiatrist who got a patient pregnant after she was referred to him following a workplace sex assault has been banned from practising until next year. The patient saw Luke Ainsworth five times during 2016 and a personal relationship unfolded between them. She had been referred to him by her psychologist after a workplace sex assault and subsequent attempt at self-harm. The woman told a tribunal that during her first appointment, Dr Ainsworth questioned her in detail about [...]

  • Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

Newburyport psychiatrist Keith Ablow, now suspended in New York “engaged in sexual activity and boundary violations with multiple patients”

The Salem News Ablow hearing delayed; New York also suspends license By Julie Manganis May 21, 2019 Psychiatrist Keith Ablow SALEM — A hearing on a request to freeze assets of Newburyport psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who is being sued by three women accusing him of inappropriate conduct, has been delayed. The hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but on Tuesday, lawyers filed a joint request to postpone the proceeding until June 26. Ablow, whose medical license was suspended last week by the state Board of Registration in Medicine, is facing a total of four lawsuits in Essex [...]

  • Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

Psychiatrist Keith Ablow, Suspended by State of Massachusetts – three young female patients say he sexually abused them

The Daily News State suspends Port psychiatrist Keith Ablow's medical license By Dave Rogers May 16, 2019 Psychiatrist Keith Ablow NEWBURYPORT – The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine indefinitely suspended the medical license of nationally known psychiatrist and author Dr. Keith Ablow Wednesday, concluding he posed an "immediate and serious threat to the public health, safety and welfare." Ablow, 57, who has an office on Water Street in Newburyport, is accused in civil lawsuits of engaging in sexual misconduct and other disturbing activities with patients. Specifically, he is facing allegations from three young women who sought him out [...]

  • Psychiatrist Michael Solloway

Psychiatrist Michael Solloway – in widely publicized case admitted having a sexual relationship with a severely disturbed 19-year-old-patient

Miami Herald DOCTORS PUNISHED FOR IMPROPER CARE By Steve Sternberg February 12, 1984 ++Excerpt Psychiatrist Michael Solloway In other action the board: * Denied a request by former psychiatrist Michael Solloway that his license, revoked in January 1983 after a number of appeals, be reinstated. It was revoked in a widely publicized case in which Solloway admitted having a sexual relationship with a severely disturbed 19-year-old-patient. At Saturday's hearing, Dr. George Metcalf, of the South Florida Psychiatric Society, and two other psychiatrists testified in Solloway's behalf. But board members disagreed. Dr. Robert Katims, a Miami endocrinologist, said, "I don't [...]

Michael Solloway, Florida Psychiatrist – Medical Board refuses to reinstate his license – in 1981 he became first psychiatrist in Florida to lose his license for having sex with a patient

The Miami Herald 4 SOUTH FLORIDA MDS STRIPPED OF LICENSES October 9, 1983 By Carl Hiaasen == Excerpt: Psychiatrist Michael Solloway In other action Saturday, the medical board voted: * To refuse to consider the possible reinstatement of Miami psychiatrist Dr. Michael Solloway. In 1981 Solloway became the first psychiatrist in Florida to lose his license for having sex with a patient. Dr. Solloway called his lengthy relationship with a female patient a "mistake in judgment." He appealed the board's action and continued to practice medicine until last January, when the Florida Supreme Court upheld the revocation. Despite support [...]

  • Psychiatrist Brian Lahey

Overland Park psychiatrist Brian Patrick Lahey, sex with patients, loses Kansas license, can still work in Missouri

Kansas City Star JoCo doctor accused of sex with patients loses Kansas license, can still work in Mo. BY Andy Marso April 18, 2019 Psychiatrist Brian Lahey An Overland Park psychiatrist has agreed to an indefinite suspension of his Kansas license amid allegations of having sex with patients and other violations. But he remains licensed to practice in Missouri. Brian Patrick Lahey took the suspension and agreed to not contest the allegations in a consent order issued Tuesday by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. “Licensee committed an act or acts of unprofessional or dishonorable conduct by committing an [...]

  • Psychiatrist Richard Farmer

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

Commercial Appeal Here are the Memphis medical professionals indicted in federal opioid crackdown By Micaela Watts April 18, 2019 -- Begin excerpt Richard Farmer 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. -- End excerpt WVLT Prosecutors: West Tennessee doctor trades [...]

  • Psychiatrist Brian Lahey

Overland Park Psychiatrist Brian Lahey Loses License – Accused of Having Sex with a Patient

KCUR Overland Park Psychiatrist Accused Of Having Sex With A Patient Loses His License By Dan Margolies March 17, 2019 Psychiatrist Brian Lahey An Overland Park psychiatrist has lost his medical license after state regulators alleged he had sex with a patient, exploited a patient relationship for financial gain and continued to practice after his license was suspended in 2018. Under a consent order entered Tuesday, Brian Patrick Lahey waived his right to a contested hearing and agreed to an indefinite suspension of his Kansas license. Lahey, 42, treated children, adolescents and adults. He received his medical degree from [...]

  • Psychiatrist Mark Beale

Las Cruces psychiatrist Mark Beale charged with rape – alleged inappropriate contact with six patients

Las Cruces Sun-News Las Cruces psychiatrist who allegedly had sex with patients charged with rape By Bethany Freudenthal April 12, 2019 Psychiatrist Mark Beale LAS CRUCES - A Las Cruces psychiatrist and pain management specialist allegedly forced woman to have sex with him, police say. Dr. Mark Beale, 72, is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with six of his patients, ranging in age from 21 to 60, beginning in January 2015. Police allege Beale forced some of the women to have sex with him, or engage in sexual contact, at his office, at 133 Wyatt Drive, or in [...]

  • Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

New Hartford Psych Surendra Johri – Sentencing Delayed – convicted of sexual abuse charges

Observer-Dispatch Sentencing for former New Hartford psychiatrist delayed By Jolene Cleaver April 11, 2019 Psychiatrist Surendra Johri UTICA — Sentencing for a former New Hartford psychiatrist convicted of sexual abuse charges has been delayed as his attorney plans to file motions in Utica City Court for a potential appeal. Surendra Johri, 61, was found guilty in February on three of six sexual misconduct charges after a bench trial. His attorney, Christopher Pelli, moved Thursday to file a 330 motion, which is generally used to argue for the court to set aside a verdict if the defense feels that aspects [...]

  • Irish UnNamed Psychiatrist

Irish UnNamed Psychiatrist, licese revoked over sexual relationship with vulnerable patient

Irish Times Psychiatrist struck off over sexual relationship with vulnerable patient Woman attended doctor for treatment of bipolar disorder, court heard Irish UnNamed Psychiatrist A psychiatrist who engaged in a sexual relationship with a female patient has been struck off the medical register by the president of the High Court. Mr Justice Peter Kelly confirmed a recommendation from the Medical Council that the consultant psychiatrist’s registration as a medical practitioner be cancelled with immediate effect for professional misconduct and “moral turpitude” over the relationship. Since the psychiatrist admitted the misconduct, he has wound down his practice and retired, the [...]

  • Psychiatrist Prabakar Rajan Thomas

Psychiatrist Prabakar Rajan Thomas, Australia, gets prison time in sexual assault of patient

9News Psychiatrist jailed for assaulting vulnerable, long-term patient By Benjamin Ansell March 29, 2019 Prabakar Rajan Thomas A former Melbourne psychiatrist who sexually assaulted a vulnerable long-term patient has been jailed for two years. The wife of Prabakar Rajan Thomas wailed as County Court Judge Liz Gaynor told the 69-year-old he would spend at least 14 months behind bars. Thomas pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of sexual assault, more than three years after his attack on patient Jodie Fisher. Ms Fisher was visibly emotional in court as she learned her attacker would not walk free. She [...]

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