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Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

By Jim Adams

A St. Paul psychiatrist pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually molesting a high school boy he was treating for depression in 1990.

Richard George Lunzer, 68, pleaded in Dakota County District Court to one of the three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with which he was charged a year ago.

Judge William Thuet placed him on probation for three years with six conditions: paying restitution, not practicing medicine or psychiatry in any state, not contesting a decision by the state Board of Medical Practice to revoke his medical license, undergoing a psychological evaluation and following treatment recommendations, having no contact with the victim or others he treated and having no contact with any juveniles.

State law requires a psychiatrist who sexually abuses a client to lose his license, said Philip Prokopowicz, an assistant county attorney. He said that if Lunzer violates probation conditions, he will face up to 10 years in prison.

The juvenile victim said Lunzer gave him several prolonged genital examinations in a South St. Paul hospital and simulated sex with him in 1993 in a relative\’s house.