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

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 Norman Ackerman, 65, who practiced psychiatry in Manhattan until his license was revoked for sexual misconduct, and their office manager, Robert Cohen, 51, are charged with fraudulently billing the state for 50,000 "phantom" psychotherapy sessions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 [...]

Charles Berry, Atlanta Psychiatrist – sentenced to 20 years in prison

Charles Berry Washington Post Customs Service Leads War on Child Pornography By Mary Thornton August 9, 1986 -- Excerpt Dr. Charles Markham Berry, a prominent Atlanta psychiatrist known for his Christian counseling and volunteer work at local orphanages, was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison on federal and state charges of child molestation and child pornography. At Berry's federal trial, U.S. Attorney Stephen Cowen said that "the evil that Dr. Berry has done in his life totally overshadowed the good. He wrapped himself in religious piety and used his position in the church and the community to shield [...]

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 [...]