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Psychiatrist Paul Fox, who treated Adam Lanza and Waikato patients guilty of sexual assault
By Natalie Akoorie
June 8, 2019

Psychiatrist Paul Fox

Psychiatrist Paul Fox

An American psychiatrist who was employed by Waikato District Health Board after surrendering his licence in the US amid controversy over an affair with a young patient, has pleaded guilty to her sexual assault.

Dr Paul Fox is facing 18 months in prison in his native country after pleading guilty in Danbury, Connecticut, to sexually assaulting the teenager in 2011.

The 66-year-old is infamous for treating a teenaged Adam Lanza – who went on to fatally shoot 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2014 when he was 20, after murdering his mother. Lanza then turned the gun on himself.

Fox began working for Waikato DHB’s Mental Health and Addiction Services as a psychiatrist in June 2012, a month before he gave up his US medical licence where he had been registered in New York and Connecticut.

The mother of one patient was shocked to learn of Fox’s guilty plea and called for an independent investigation into his interactions with his former Waikato patients.

Jane Stevens, whose son Nicky Stevens was treated by Fox on his first admission to Waikato Hospital’s Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre in December 2013, said she was “absolutely disgusted” when it was discovered Fox was working illegally in New Zealand after surrendering his licence over “boundary violations”.

“I was really concerned about obviously the fact that he was treating our son and basically had access to vulnerable people, including our son. You don’t know what went on.”

Jane Stevens wants an independent investigation into whether Dr Paul Fox acted inappropriately with an mental health patients in New Zealand.

She and husband Dave Macpherson wrote on their Facebook page Nicky “Autumn” Stevens in May 2016 after Fox was charged with three counts of sexual assault, that the doctor was the “lead psychiatrist” for their son during his first stay.

“[He] originated the compulsory treatment regime using the drug Olanzapine, which was a treatment Nicky strongly objected to.

“The appalling thing is that the proper checks weren’t done and they allowed a man to come in and work in New Zealand when he had no licence, so who is going to be held accountable for that?”