The Citizen
Local psychiatrist faces sexual assault charges
February 14, 2009

A Gilford psychiatrist has been arrested on charges of sexual assault. Dr. Gregory Bahder, 49, of Gilford was arrested Wednesday in Bedford and he was charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Bahder is a psychiatrist who practices out of Bahder Behavioral Services in Glendale which serves adults and children.

According to police, the female victim is a former patient. Under state law, doctors are prohibited from having sexual relationships with patients or those they have treated in the past year.

According to the Bedford Police Department, the arrest was the result of an investigation involving Bedford police, the Hillsborough County Attorney\’s Office, the N.H. Attorney General\’s Office, and agents from the Drug Enforcement agency (HIDA).

Bahder was arraigned Thursday in Merrimack District Court and he is being held at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.

Katy Wells, a personal friend of Bahder and his wife, also has been a patient, saying she and her children started visiting him when he worked with an agency and they stayed with him when he moved to a private practice.

Wells said that, although she is unaware of the exact nature of the allegations, he has been a close friend and a caring psychiatrist.

\”He\’s excellent; he has taken care of me and my family for over 11 years,\” said Wells. \”He\’s a child and family advocate; he stands right behind you.

\”He\’s never been inappropriate with me,\” she continued. \”He has taken care of my children and myself when we\’ve had tough times within our family. \”

Wells also is a children\’s advocate who has worked with Bahder, and he has referred her for assistance to families with children within the school district with individual education programs and in need of advocacy for mental health. She said she has gone through training with the state \”at his recommendation.\”

\”I\’m very successful with what I\’ve done and accomplished in my community with his support,\” she said, adding that she learned of his arrest on the news.

\”As far as I am concerned, he is innocent until proven guilty and he needs to have a fair shot at the whole thing. He\’s been nothing but professional for me and my family. I owe my success to the excellent medical care I got from Dr. Bahder.