“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

Ottawa Citizen
December 8, 2012
Psychiatrists are twice as likely as other Canadian doctors to face professional discipline generally and almost four times as apt to be sanctioned for sexual misconduct, concludes a new study that underscores long-held concerns about the specialty.

The Associated Press
April 7, 1987
Two-thirds of psychiatrists say they have treated patients who were sexually involved with other therapists, but they report colleagues for unethical sexual behavior in less than 10 percent of the cases, according to a national survey.

The Tennessean

February 25, 1985
Beginning May 1, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) will no longer cover sexual misconduct, or so-called “undue familiarity,” in its malpractice insurance. Millions of dollars have been paid to settle complaints and lawsuits stemming from sexual misconduct, the largest award being $4.66 million, awarded in 1981.

The Seattle Times

April 11, 1993
Newsweek magazine reported that “65 percent of psychiatrists said they had treated patients who had been sexually involved with previous therapists,” but only 8 percent reported the incidents to authorities.

One woman, Barbara Noel, wrote a book (“You Must Be Dreaming”) about her nightmare of psychiatric sexual abuse. She revealed that the American Psychiatric Association tried to protect her psychiatrist from unfavorable publicity.

Furthermore, Noel’s abuser, Jules Masserman, was not just any psychiatrist, but a past president of the American Psychiatric Association and an honorary life president of the World Association for Social Psychiatry.

The Burlington Free Press

May 26, 2002
A Burlington Free Press analysis has found that 39 percent of the doctors disciplined by state regulators in the past five years have been psychiatrists. Fewer than 11 percent of Vermont’s doctors practice psychiatry.

Further, nearly all the charges involved doctors’ sexual misconduct or abuse of alcohol and drugs.

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Richard Pines, Boise Psychiatrist, Arrested

Richard Pines Idaho Press Former Boise doctor arrested for sex crimes involving children KTVB STAFF March 20, 2023 -- Excerpt A Boise man and former adolescent psychiatrist is facing three felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 after he was arrested Friday by multiple agencies. Boise Police said 63-year-old Richard Pines was arrested following “years of investigating” crimes in Ada and Boise counties. The crimes occurred against three minors in Boise County between 2004 and 2008, according to Friday’s news release. The Associated Press in 2015 reported the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Pines “violated state law [...]

Hemant Kumar Sharma, Townsville psychiatrist, suspended

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Duane Bevans, Provo Psychiatrist, WANTED

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Stefano Maria Cogliati Dezza, Psychiatrist, Italy

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Antonio Metastasio, UK psychiatrist, paid porn star patient for sex

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Ramendra Kumar Singha, Bangladesh Psychiatrist, jailed

Ramendra Kumar Singha The Daily Star Crime & Justice Psychiatrist sent to jail on charges of raping patient Our Correspondent, Sylhet October 19, 2022 -- Excerpt The head of the psychiatry at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital was sent to jail on Monday on charges of raping a patient. Associate Professor Ramendra Kumar Singha was arrested at his private chamber at Labaid Diagnostic Centre in Sylhet city on Sunday night. A woman, who has been a patient of his since 2018, accused him of raping her and making false promises of marriage, said Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Kotwali [...]

Bernard Calamy, Parisian psychiatrist, sentenced

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Ricardo Cruciani, trained as a psychiatrist

Ricardo Cruciani Ricardo Cruciani Law & Crime New York Jury Convicts Neurologist on a Dozen Counts for Raping and Sexually Assaulting Six of His Patients By Adam Klasfeld July 29th, 2022 A New York jury convicted a former pain management doctor and neurologist of raping, abusing and sexually assaulting six of his patients whom he hooked on opioids, the district attorney’s office announced on Friday. Ricardo Cruciani, 68, has now stands convicted on a dozen charges, including a count of predatory sexual assault, one count of attempted rape in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in [...]

Chris Warner, Army Psychiatrist, accused of rape

Chris Warner Stars and Stripes Army colonel accused of rape avoids court-martial, still faces forced retirement nearly a year later By Rose L. Thayer Nearly 10 months after an Army officer faced an administrative hearing for allegations that he raped his children’s live-in nanny more than a decade ago, he remains in the service working at the Army Surgeon General’s Office, according to service officials. Col. Chris Warner, 48, is a psychiatrist who is no longer seeing patients and has no leadership role as he awaits a final approval to remove him from the Army — a decision made during [...]

Psychiatrist Chan Herng Nieng

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David Tatum, Charlotte Psychiatrist, Indicted

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Patricia Boyer, Charlotte psychiatrist – license revoked

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Robert Schnitzlein, Maryland psychiatrist, surrenders license

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Piet Hein van T – Makkinga psychiatrist, sentenced

Google Translation: Piet Hein van T RTV Drenthe Child psychiatrist jailed for possession of child pornography April 29, 2022 -- Excerpt A 70-year-old former child psychiatrist from GGZ Drenthe was sentenced on Friday in Zwolle to a year in prison for possession of child pornography. At the end of 2018, the man from the Frisian town of Makkinga was already convicted in Nepal for abusing underage boys. Piet Hein van T. was released early in 2020 in Nepal and returned to the Netherlands where he was arrested at the end of that year for possession and producing child pornography. According [...]

Chan Herng Nieng, Singapore Psychiatrist, sued by patient

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Jennifer Robinson, Michigan psychiatrist, VA Hospital, accused

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Mark Beale, Las Cruces psychiatrist, Sentenced

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Cuyler Burns Goodwin, Santa Rosa psychiatrist, loses license

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Ferda Sakman, Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, accused of sexual abuse

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B. P. Nagesh, Hyderabad Psychiatrist, “100 girls were raped”

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Robert Harden, Plano Psychiatrist, suspended

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Russell Simon Hoyle, psychiatrist, not allowed to treat women

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Keun Lee, Psychiatrist, jailed on allegation he raped patient

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Benjamin Wen, Aussie Psychiatrist, charged

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Praveen Thottappilil, Ballarat psychiatrist, pleads guilty

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