New Jersey prison psychologist under investigation by state for affair with patient

In late June 2010, it was reported that Natalie Barone, a psychologist and administrator of psychological services with the state of New Jersey’s civil commitment program (which incarcerated sex offenders considered to dangerous to release following their prison sentences) is under investigation by the New Jersey State Board of Psychology the on allegations of having had an affair with a patient—an inmate of one of the sex offender “special treatment units” in Avenel, New Jersey.  In June 2009, an off-duty corrections department security officer spotted Barone, who had provided one-on-one counseling to the inmate (who had been convicted of sexual assault of two teenage girls), walking together on a boardwalk on the Jersey Shore, prompting a report which resulted in an internal investigation and Barone’s suspension.  She attempted to resign but was terminated from her position in the Department of Corrections.  It was further reported that she closed her private practice and left the state for Pennsylvania, where she had earlier been granted a license to practice.  If the she loses her New Jersey license, she will likely lose her Pennsylvania license as well.

Source: Chris Megerian, “N.J. psychologist fired, faces loss of license after alleged relationship with sex offender patient,” The Newark Ledger, July 1, 2010.

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