NJ moving to suspend license of Clifton psychiatrist accused of having sexual relationship with patient
By Jean Rimbach
July 16, 2015
An administrative complaint filed this month with the state Board of Medical Examiners alleges Theodore F. Jasper had repeated sexual encounters with a 35-year-old woman he was treating with talk therapy and medications.
The woman had been his patient since 2004; the state asserts a physical affair developed in 2013 and later, when the patient attempted to end the relationship, she was repeatedly pursued by the doctor.
“The judgment of any psychiatrist who engages in sexual activity with his patient is so fundamentally flawed that it represents a danger to the public health safety and welfare warranting a temporary suspension from practice,” the complaint filed on behalf of acting Attorney General John Hoffman says.
Engaging in a sexual relation with a patient, the complaint notes, “is in conflict with the very essence of the practice of medicine.” The doctor “thought only of his own prurient interests with little or no regard for the damage that would be visited upon his already unstable patient,” it continues.
The medical board will consider the request for the temporary suspension from practice on Aug. 12, pending a full disciplinary hearing on the matter.
Messages seeking comment that were left for Jasper at his office on Clifton Avenue and with his attorney were not returned. According to the complaint, the doctor told investigators the patient wanted to have sex with him, but he wouldn’t permit it. He conceded their relationship extended beyond the office and was at times friendly and “a little romantic.”
According to the complaint, Jasper began prescribing Adderall to the woman in 2013 in addition to her other medications. Records show the patient had no condition — such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder — that would be “appropriately treated” with the drug; she said it was prescribed for weight loss.
That November, a physical affair began, according to the complaint, which alleged that when Jasper went to the patient’s home to deliver an Adderall prescription, he kissed her on the mouth and admitted he had “had feelings for her from day one.”
The next month the relationship escalated to a sexual affair that continued during 2014 when he was prescribing medications, treating her disorder, and seeing her for office visits, according to the complaint. The two had intercourse in her apartment and his medical office at night about 30 times and oral sex on multiple occasions, the state alleges.
They also exchanged gifts including cards, candles, roses, stuffed animals, a Victoria’s Secret gift card and a pin that said “World’s Sexiest Psychiatrist,” it continues.
The woman continued as his patient until October 2014. According to the complaint, Jasper’s patient notes from that December include an entry saying she had “reached out” to his wife alleging he had been “inappropriate the last year” and gave “details about her fabricated story.”
“It’s become clear that she is off her meds again and that she is decompensating,” Jasper wrote, according to the complaint.
When state investigators interviewed Jasper in his office with his lawyer in May he denied having intercourse or oral sex with the patient. But he said they saw each other outside the office and had developed “a very friendly relationship” in the fall of 2013 when he brought food he cooked to her and her son.
Jasper admitted their relationship changed that December and it consisted of “hugging, kissing, you know … we had some moments.” These encounters were in his office, her apartment and on a motorcycle ride to New York. He said he would stop by her apartment before work for some “intimate hugging” and said the sessions were “a little romantic,” according to the complaint.
He also received photos from the patient where she was topless and in other provocative poses that he kept in his private files.
He told investigators he considered referring her to another psychiatrist but didn’t because “he knew the romantic relationship was not going anywhere” and it was “hot and heated only for a little bit.” The doctor said he did not believe the relationship had any direct impact on her mental stability.
The complaint indicates state lawyers are also asking the board to either suspend or revoke Jasper’s license. He could also be liable for civil penalties and costs.