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Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)
STATE BOARD LIFTS PSYCHIATRIST’S LICENSE
By Laurie Loscocco
July 15, 1993

A Columbus psychiatrist who admitted having a sexual addiction and personality disorders will have his license suspended indefinitely under an agreement with the State Medical Board.

The board yesterday approved a consent agreement with Dr. William T. Aldrich, who had offices at 28 W. Henderson Rd.

As part of the agreement, Aldrich must get psychiatric treatment as deemed necessary by two evaluations – one of which will come from a board-approved psychiatrist and the other from a psychiatrist at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health in Cleveland.

Aldrich was evaluated earlier this year at the center, where he admitted having a ”sexual addiction,” the board said. The board ordered the evaluation based on evidence of ”numerous boundary violations . . . including inappropriate physical contact, inappropriate comments and flirtatious behavior” with his patients.

In a letter from the board to Aldrich in March, when it summarily suspended his license, the board said his continued practice ”presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.”

The center concluded that Aldrich suffers from a ”character disorder with paranoia, narcissistic and sociopathic manifestations and a borderline personality disorder.”

A borderline personality disorder is characterized by a ”great deal of instability in interpersonal relationships” and a tendency to undercut those relationships by making demands on others, said Dr. Hubert T. Goodman Jr., a Columbus psychiatrist. People with the disorder also tend to have problems with sexual orientation, he said.

Aldrich agreed to the allegations contained in the March letter, the consent agreement states.

He must prove that he has complied with any recommended treatment plan for at least two years before reapplying for his license.

If his license is reinstated, he must abide by several probationary terms for at least 10 years. The terms include that he abstain from alcohol and continue psychiatric treatment at least once a week.

Aldrich also is the subject of a criminal investigation by Columbus police narcotics detectives, who said they have received complaints that he was inappropriately prescribing methadone, a synthetic heroin used to get addicts off heroin. The investigation is ongoing, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said.

Also yesterday, the board issued another charge against Dr. Oliver Williams III, a Perry Township doctor whom it claimed engaged in sex with five patients from 1981 to 1989.

The charges came after the board investigated allegations that he raped one patient and sexually molested others.

Williams denied the allegations.

Yesterday’s charge involves a June 1988 incident with a 22-year-old patient, when Williams was working as a general practitioner.

William Aldrich