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

  • 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 [...]

  • Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

NY Psych Surendra Johri, forced to surrender his license – sexual abuse – sentencing April 11

WKTV NY REVOKES MEDICAL LICENSE OF PSYCHIATRIST FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE Dr. Surendra Johri will have to surrender his license to the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct. March 27, 2019 Psychiatrist Surendra Johri The state has revoked the medical license of the New Hartford psychiatrist found guilty of sexual abuse. Dr. Surendra Johri will have to surrender his license to the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct. Johri was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse and one count of forcible touching. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11.

  • Psychiatrist John H. WIsner

Psychiatrist John Wisner, engaged in sexual misconduct, defrocked by Catholic Church – no longer licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri

Kansas City Star Defrocked KCK priest no longer holds active medical license in Kansas or Missouri By Judy L. Thomas March 18, 2019 Psychiatrist John H. WIsner A priest of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas defrocked last year over what church leaders said were credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors is no longer licensed to practice medicine in Kansas and Missouri. John H. Wisner, who had been a priest for more than 45 years, also was a psychiatrist who held a medical license in both states. Those licenses remained valid months after he was defrocked. But [...]

  • Psychiatrist Prabakar Rajan Thomas

Prabakar Rajan Thomas, Melbourne Psychiatrist, to be sentenced next month – sexual assault on patient

The Age Melbourne psychiatrist sexually assaulted vulnerable patient By Karen Sweeney March 15, 2019 Prabakar Rajan Thomas A Melbourne psychiatrist who sexually assaulted a vulnerable long-term patient has been slammed for the "absolutely catastrophic" impact of his abuse of power. Prabakar Rajan Thomas, 69, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault on Friday, more than three years after his attack on the woman who had gone to him for help. "He must have understood the psychological devastation he would be wreaking," County Court Judge Liz Gaynor said in a pre-sentence hearing, slamming the doctor's breach of trust. "Absolutely [...]

Psychiatrist is First to have License Revoked

The Washington Post March 8, 1981 A Miami psychiatrist, Dr. Michael L. Solloway, became the first psychiatrist in Florida to have his license revoked for having sex with a patient. The state Board of Medical Examiners took the action after Solloway, 42, admitted having an affair with a woman he had been treating for four years.

Psychiatrist Ordered to Pay $4.6 million in damages

The New York Times PATIENT AWARDED $4.6 MILLION July 8, 1981 A psychiatrist who admitted having sex with a patient in two years of $110-a-week therapy sessions was ordered today to pay $4.6 million in damages to the woman. The patient's attorney, Marvin Lewis, said it was the largest psychological injury award granted in the country. After half a day of deliberations, the 10-woman, two-man jury decided unanimously that Dr. Zane Parzen of La Jolla, Calif., should be ordered to pay damages to Evelyn Walker, 41 years old, of San Diego. In testimony, Mrs. Walker said she made numerous suicide [...]

Eugene Redmond, former psychiatry professor at the Yale School of Medicine, sexually harassed a student

Yale Daily News I SAW WHAT I SAW: On this island, a Yale professor sexually harassed a Yale student. Did the University do enough? By Jever Mariwala, Alice Park, & Marisa Peryer March 5, 2019 Psychiatrist Eugene Redmond A Yale student endured serial sexual harassment during a summer internship. The perpetrator — a School of Medicine professor — retired quietly. Five months later, the University announced an investigation — but did Yale do enough? Editor’s Note: This article contains sexually graphic descriptions of misconduct. The student who experienced the misconduct requested the pseudonym Blair to protect their privacy. On [...]

  • Psychiatrist Gregory VillaBona

Psychiatrist Gregory Villabona, Dover, Delaware – sexually abused two girls, kept unlicensed guns in his office, repeatedly prescribed in a careless manner

New York Post Perv psychiatrist finally loses license over sex with patients By Associated Press March 6, 2019 Psychiatrist Gregory VillaBona DOVER, Delaware — A Delaware psychiatrist has lost his medical license after being accused of having sex with his patients, keeping unlicensed guns in his office and repeatedly prescribing drugs in a careless manner in the years since he sexually abused two girls. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline revoked the license of Gregory Villabona on Tuesday, ending more than 15 years of efforts to contain alleged professional misconduct. Villabona’s [...]

  • Psychiatrist Domingo Cerra-Fernandez

Domingo Cerra-Fernandez, Ocala Psychiatrist, Suspended by State, now one of 30 highest paid state employees

Miami Herald Psychiatrist suspended for ‘inappropriate relationship.’ He got a $196K state job. By Steve Contorno and Lawrence Mower February 28, 2019 Psychiatrist Domingo Cerra-Fernandez TALLAHASSEE - Less than a year ago, Domingo Cerra Fernandez was suspended from practicing medicine in Florida. He still can’t in New York. The Ocala psychiatrist allegedly committed one of the cardinal sins of his discipline: He propositioned a patient to have a sexual and romantic relationship with him. He then continued to treat her. But just months after his Florida suspension ended, Cerra Fernandez has a new job. He’s a senior physician at [...]

  • Psychiatrist Keith Ablow

North Shore psychiatrist Keith Ablow accused of sexually exploiting patients

Boston Globe ‘I own you’: Prominent psychiatrist accused of sexually exploiting patients By Michael Rezendes February 21, 2019 Psychiatrist Keith Ablow NEWBURYPORT — A prominent North Shore psychiatrist is facing lawsuits from three female patients who say he lured them into degrading sexual relationships, including beatings, conversations about bondage, and, in one case, getting a tattoo of the doctor’s initials to show his “ownership” of her, according to court documents. The women allege that Dr. Keith Ablow, an author who was a contributor to Fox News network until 2017, abused his position while treating them for acute depression, leaving [...]

  • Psychiatrist David Brendel

David Brendel, Belmont Psychiatrist, suspended – sexual relationship with a former patient

Board of Registration in Medicine NEWS News Massachusetts Board of Medicine Takes Disciplinary Action July 13, 2017 Psychiatrist David Brendel WAKEFIELD — At its meeting on July 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine took disciplinary action against the medical licenses of Sara E. Russell, M.D, David H. Brendel, M.D., and Natasha A. Reid, M.D. In a Final Decision & Order, the Board revoked Dr. Sara E. Russell’s inchoate right to renew her medical license after concluding that Dr. Russel had practiced medicine while her ability to do so was impaired. Dr. Russell was licensed in Massachusetts [...]

  • Psychiatrist Brian Lahey

Psychiatrist Brian Lahey suspended in Kansas found “practicing” in Missouri

Kansas City Star Psychiatrist accused of sex with Overland Park patients still practices in Missouri By Andy Marso February 11, 2019 Psychiatrist Brian Lahey A former Overland Park psychiatrist continues to practice in Missouri after being suspended in Kansas and facing an investigation by the state medical board. The Kansas Board of Healing Arts suspended Brian Patrick Lahey’s license in July because of drug use, while it was also looking into allegations that he had sex with patients and improperly prescribed opioids and other controlled substances. The reasons for the suspension were redacted in the board’s public documents. But [...]

  • Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

New Hartford Psychiatrist Surendra Johri, found guilty in sex abuse trial – sentencing April 11

WKTV GUILTY VERDICT IN NEW HARTFORD PSYCHIATRIST'S SEX ABUSE TRIAL February 7, 2019 By Joleen Ferris Psychiatrist Surendra Johri UTICA, N.Y. -- A judge reached a guilty verdict in the sex abuse trial of a New Hartford psychiatrist, accused of inappropriately touching and exposing himself to two patients. Doctor Surendra Johri was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse and one count of forcible touching, and found not guilty of two counts of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse, regarding both women. It was a bit of a surprise Thursday in court for Dr. Surendra Johri [...]

  • Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

Surendra Johri, NY psychiatrist – trial begins – accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with patients

Observer Dispatch Sex abuse trial begins for New Hartford psychiatrist Johri By Jolene Cleaver February 4, 2019 Psychiatrist Surendra Johri UTICA — The first of two alleged sexual assault victims took the stand Monday in Utica City Court to testify against their former psychiatrist, Dr. Surendra Johri. Johri, of New Hartford, is accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with those patients on three separate occasions in 2017. Also testifying at his bench trial Monday were mental health professionals and law enforcement officials who investigated the claims lodged by the two victims. “This case has to do with the abuse [...]

  • Psychiatrist Billy Lockhart

San Francisco Psychiatrist Billy Lockhart, Yale Grad – license revoked – caught with child porn

San Diego Union Tribune Medical board revokes license of San Francisco doctor caught with child porn By Hannah Fry January 31, 2019 Psychiatrist Billy Lockhart A San Francisco psychiatrist who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography was stripped of his medical license this week. A federal judge last year sentenced Billy Lockhart to three years in prison, which he began serving in November, according to court records. Lockhart was a resident of UC San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry when he was arrested in May 2017 as part of a San Francisco Police Department probe into online child pornography [...]

Arnold Hutschnecker, 89-YEAR-OLD Psychiatrist, sued for Sex with a patient – under the guise of psychiatric treatment

Newsday (New York) Therapist, 89, Accused of Seduction By Anthony M. DeStefano January 30, 1988 She was in her thirties. He was her octogenarian psychiatrist. Was what they had together love or was it therapy? That is the question to be answered in an unusual medical malpractice action now winding its way through State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Irene Miller, 37, of Manhattan, started the case last year when she sued her former psychiatrist, 89-year-old Dr. Arnold A. Hutschnecker. According to court documents, she charged that he exploited their patient-doctor relationship by inducing her to have sexual relations with him [...]

Harold Goldberg, Massachusetts Psychiatrist, suspended, 11-year sexual relationship with a patient

The Boston Globe Center suspends director; Psychiatrist admits sexual relationship with private patient By Dolores Kong June 2, 1989 The director of the state-run West-Ros-Park Mental Health Center has been suspended without pay after admitting he had an 11-year sexual relationship with a patient he was treating in his private psychiatry practice. Dr. Harold L. Goldberg, 53, of Needham, was suspended last week by the Department of Mental Health, which plans to review his performance during his 27 years with the state in light of the admission, a spokeswoman said. The agency acted after it learned that the Board of [...]

Margaret Bean-Bayog, Massachusetts Psychiatrist, accused of sexual misconduct, psychiatric malpractice and wrongful death

The Boston Globe Written records cover case notes, letters, fantasy By Don Aucoin April 6, 1992 The case of a Lexington psychiatrist and the patient she is accused of driving to suicide has unfolded publicly to an unusual extent because of a voluminous written record that includes three major groups: case notes, sexual fantasies, and correspondence between the pair. While such records are not uncommon in psychiatric cases, they are not usually available at this early stage of a case. This documentary evidence was attached on March 26 to a civil lawsuit filed late last year at Middlesex Superior Court [...]

Stanley Kanter, nationally known Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, surrenders medical license – allegations of sex abuse

The Boston Globe Psychiatrist accused of abuse agrees to shut down practice By Alison Bass, Globe Staff July 15, 1992 A nationally known Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, already charged with sexually abusing one female patient, has agreed to stop practicing medicine in the wake of three new allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Dr. Stanley S. Kanter, known for his work in group therapy, will officially give up his medical license on Oct. 1 under the arrangement made with the Board of Registration in Medicine last week. The resignation means he can never again practice medicine in Massachusetts or any [...]

  • UK psychiatrist Brian Harris

UK psychiatrist Brian Harris on trial – charges of indecent assault and rape against five men

BBC Dr Brian Harris, 77, worked for the NHS and in a private practice in Cardiff for 40 years. March 14, 2017 UK psychiatrist Brian Harris He denies all 13 charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and rape against five men. The allegations are said to have taken place between 1991 and 2011. The trial at Merthyr Crown Court is expected to last up to five weeks. The jury heard the first of the alleged assaults took place in 1991 on a man who was a patient at Sully Hospital and the Amy Evans clinic in Barry, Vale of [...]

  • Psychiatrist Brian Harris

Welsh psychiatrist Brian Harris’ license revoked – continued to “practice” while under investigation for sexual misconduct

BMJ Psychiatrist who saw patients after being told to stop practising is struck off By Clare Dyer December 15, 2017 Psychiatrist Brian Harris A former consultant psychiatrist who ignored an order from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to stop practising while under investigation for misconduct has been struck off the UK medical register. Brian Harris, 77, of south Wales, came under investigation by the General Medical Council in October 2013 after being arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting male patients. In November 2013 an interim orders panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service imposed an 18 month suspension on [...]

  • Psychiatrist Brian Harris

Brian Harris, Cardiff psychiatrist, accused of indecent assault and rape against five patients at hospitals

Penarth Times Psychiatrist denies sex attacks at hospitals - including Sully By Anthony Lewis March 14, 2017 Psychiatrist Brian Harris A HOME Office psychiatrist accused of carrying out historic sex attacks on patients at hospitals across south Wales - including Sully - has appeared in court. Dr Brian Harris, 77, is accused of 13 charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and rape against five patients at hospitals - including the old Sully Hospital. Merthyr Crown Court heard today how the sex crimes were allegedly carried out at clinics and hospitals on "vulnerable" men over a 20-year period. Dr Harris [...]

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