Andrew Phillips, mental health counselor, charged with sex with teen client, license suspended pending hearing

On April 20, 2010, the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) issued an immediate summary suspension on registered counselor Andrew Phillips.  He cannot practice until the outcome of a hearing.

According to the DoH’s document, between July and August 2009, Phillips provided drug and alcohol counseling to a 17-year-old female client.  Between approximately October 2009 and November 2009, the client was placed with Phillips and his wife in the course of a dependency action.

Between these latter dates, Phillips is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with the teenager, including but not limited to hugging and kissing the client, fondling client’s breasts, sexual intercourse and oral sex.

Source: Statement of Charges in the Matter of Andrew B. Phillips, Credential No. RC 60010154, Case No. M2010-314, State of Washington Department of Health, filed April 20, 2010.

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