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

Leon Fajerman, California psychiatrist, gets house arrest for sexual abuse

Leon Fajerman NBC San Diego South Bay Psychiatrist Guilty of Sexual Assault Avoids Jail Time By NBC 7 Staff January 18, 2019 -- Excerpt A South Bay psychiatrist who admitted to sexually abusing six female patients avoided a jail sentence Friday, shocking and angering his victims. Leon Fajerman at first denied allegations he sexually assaulted the women during counseling sessions, but later pleaded guilty in October to felony sexual contact with a patient and misdemeanor sexual battery. There were eight victims in all involved in incidents between October 2016 and July 2017. Letters to Judge Frank Devaney written by Fajerman's [...]

Psychiatrist Leon Fajerman, San Diego, surrenders license

Psychiatrist Leon Fajerman nbcsandiego.com South Bay Doctor Accused of Abuse Surrenders Medical License By NBC 7 Investigates May 16, 2018 -- Excerpt A South Bay psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing female patients has surrendered his medical license. According to documents released by the California Medical Board, Dr. Leon Fajerman fondled, kissed, or sexually abused eight women in his Chula Vista offices. Last year, an administrative judge suspended Fajerman's license after the first credible complaint was filed. After NBC 7 Investigates reported that decision, more women came forward claiming abuse...

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 [...]

Julian Kent, Aussie Psychiatrist, banned for life

Julian Kent The Advertiser BEAST ON THE COUCH November 18, 2017 By Nigel Hunt -- Excerpt An Adelaide psychiatrist who sexually abused three of his vulnerable patients has been banned for life, after a lengthy investigation by police and the state's medical board. Dr Julian Kent, right, pleaded guilty to professional misconduct over the shocking abuse, which happened over a 12-year period and inflicted further psychological damage to his victims. In one of the worst cases of misconduct uncovered in the profession in Adelaide, the SA Health Practitioners Tribunal permanently disqualified Dr Kent from applying for registration after hearing [...]

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 [...]

Anil Ramachandran, Libertyville psychiatrist – “alleged cases of sexual assault”

Anil Ramachandran Chicago Sun-Times Sex assault allegations prompt suspension of doctor's license; State's attorney's office, Waukegan police review the case for criminal charges By Ruth Fuller July 4, 2014 -- Excerpt Prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether they will criminally charge a Libertyville psychiatrist who has been sued civilly for two alleged cases of sexual assault, one of which occurred in November and resulted in his DNA being found inside a woman’s body. Waukegan police and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office are investigating the complaints against Dr. Anil Ramachandran, whose license to practice medicine in Illinois was [...]

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 [...]

William Ellien, prominent Savannah Psychiatrist, sentenced to prison

William Ellien Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Georgia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 24, 2013 Savannah Doctor Sentenced To 30 Months In Pills For Sex Scheme SAVANNAH , GA: WILLIAM ELLIEN, 57, of Savannah, Georgia, was sentenced yesterday in federal court by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore, Jr., to 30 months in prison for exchanging prescriptions for highly addictive drugs in exchange for sex. Ellien was also sentenced to serve 3 years of supervised release upon his release from prison and ordered to surrender all of his medical licenses. According to the evidence presented [...]

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, [...]

Sheldon Zigelbaum, Mass. Psychiatrist, five women testified against him

Sheldon Zigelbaum Boston Magazine Head Games May 15, 2006 By Gretchen Voss -- Excerpt An alarming number of Massachusetts psychiatrists have gotten caught again and again having sex with some of this society's most vulnerable people: their own patients... Dr. Sheldon Zigelbaum lost his license in 1992 after five women testified before the medical board that he engaged in a variety of sexual acts with them in his office, hotel rooms, his car, and, in one case, a hot tub. Some said he shared marijuana, and one woman said he did cocaine with her. Zigelbaum denied having sex [...]

Param Shukla, Brookline Psychiatrist, sentenced in sex assault

Param Shukla The Boston Herald Psychiatrist sentenced in sex assault January 15, 2004 By Marie Szaniszlo -- Excerpt A psychiatrist was sentenced to two years' probation yesterday for sexually assaulting a girl he had treated at Children's Hospital three years ago, prosecutors said. Param Shukla, 38, of Brookline pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. During a 2000 therapy session, Shukla offered to take the 13-year-old victim for a walk and touched her buttocks for several seconds when she bent [...]

Head Games

Boston Magazine An alarming number of Massachusetts psychiatrists have gotten caught againand again having sex with some of this society\'s most vulnerable people: their own patients. By Elaine McArdle JUNE 2003 The man was persistent. For months, he complimented her, shared personal details about himself, and made sexually charged comments. Sallie Park resisted, but as a fortysomething homemaker with marital problems, \"I was feeling very, very vulnerable,\" she says. \"My husband was saying very hurtful things. And this guy was very sympathetic.\" Finally, the man reached for her hand. He moved his own hand up her arm and down [...]

Ramesh Vemuri, Crystal Lake psychiatrist, accused of molesting patient

Ramesh Vemuri Chicago Tribune SERVING OF COMPLAINT UPHELD IN MOLESTATION CASE July 17, 1998 -- Excerpt A former Crystal Lake psychiatrist accused of molesting a female patient was properly served with a civil complaint and must answer the charges, even though he has moved to India, a McHenry County judge ruled Thursday. Judge James C. Franz ruled that Dr. Ramesh B. Vemuri still had a legal residence at 7606 Crystal Spring Rd., Crystal Lake, when the complaint was left for him in March. Vemuri had left the country two months before. Attorneys for Vemuri had argued that the complaint had [...]

William Gray, Virginia Psychiatrist, License Revoked

William Gray Roanoke Times BOARD REVOKES GRAY'S MEDICAL LICENSE November 13, 1993 The regulatory board overseeing Virginia's health professions said yesterday it had revoked the medical license of a Roanoke psychiatrist who had sex with his patients. William G. Gray "unethically exploited the physician-patient relationship by engaging in sexual activities" with four young male patients, the Virginia Board of Medicine said. The board also determined that Gray had violated medical ethics and standards of care by giving the patients housing, food, money, transportation and other gifts in exchange for sexual favors. Gray offered to surrender his license to practice medicine [...]

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. [...]

Edward Daniels, Boston Psychiatrist, license revoked

Edward Daniels The Boston Globe Board votes to strip psychiatrist of license By Alison Bass and Luz Delgado June 25, 1992 -- Excerpt The state medical board voted unanimously last night to revoke the medical license of Dr. Edward M. Daniels, one of the most influential psychiatrists in the Boston area, for allegedly sexually abusing four female patients over the last three decades. "Indeed, the pattern, nature, extent and severity of misconduct, including the number of patients involved and the harm" to the patients "is so egregious that we can think of no circumstances whereby the respondent could satisfactorily demonstrate [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]