The Hartford Courant
Lanza’s Psychiatrist Later Surrendered License After “Sexual Relationship” With Patient
By JOSH KOVNER
December 30, 2013
Facing allegations of misconduct, Dr. Paul Fox, formerly of Brookfield, surrendered his Connecticut medical license in July 2012.
An unidentified patient provided investigators with a nine-page sworn statement on May 2012 concerning her relationship with Fox. The patient was treated by Fox from May 2010 to October 2011, the investigation report states. Their relationship lasted for “more than one year,” records indicate.
The female patient also reported that she encountered another woman who was being treated by Fox, who told her she was “having phone sex with the same doctor,” according to regulatory records made available Monday.
The female patient reported that she had consensual sexual encounters with Fox “in his office,” and spent time on his sailboat, records show. The patient revealed the relationship during a psychological assessment with her primary clinician at Yale-New Haven Hospital, records show.
During a single month in the spring of 2011, “a total of 212 text messages were sent from the respondent’s (Fox’s) phone number to the patient’s phone,” health department investigators reported.
Last May, Fox also gave up his license to practice in New York. Investigators with the Connecticut Department of Public Health had “alleged possible boundary violations between [Fox] and a patient,” according to New York regulatory records.
State police detectives investigating the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School talked with Fox and several other practitioners as they pieced together Lanza’s history of mental health treatments. Detectives contacted Fox in New Zealand, where he is now living, according to police reports released Friday.
Fox told detectives in a Dec. 17, 2012, telephone interview that he had destroyed any records he had of his treatment of Lanza but recalled last seeing him when Lanza was about 15. He said the teen was “very rigid … resistant to engagement” and recalled that he had “aggression problems,” police reported.
An assessment by the psychologist at Newtown High School refers to an evaluation Fox did of Lanza in September 2005, according to police reports.
Fox was first licensed to practice in 1988, according to health department records.