New Hampshire psychologist Burton Hollenbeck facing trial on 30 counts sexual assault on patient

On April 28, 2010, a Cheshire County grand jury indicted New Hampshire psychologist Burton G. Hollenbeck on 30 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, alleging that he engaged in sex with a patient.

Hollenbeck was indicted as well in March on eight counts of felonious sexual assault, two counts of violating a protective order and one count of witness tampering.

It is not clear if the April charges are additional to the March ones or replacing them.

The March indictments allege that Hollenbeck had sex eight times with the patient between March and October 2008.  The current indictments specify that it was between February and December 2008.

The alleged victim and her husband began seeing Hollenbeck for marriage counseling in mid-2006.  Upon learning that the wife had been abused when she was younger, Hollenbeck asked her to go into one-on-one therapy with him.

Hollenbeck’s office manager “blew the whistle” on the alleged affair.

Both the wife and husband have filed separate lawsuits against Hollenbeck for mental anguish, emotional distress, lost wages, legal fees and other damages suffered due to his “wanton, malicious and oppressive” actions.

In late January  2010, Hollenbeck agreed to quit practicing psychology in New Hampshire while under investigation by the state Board of Psychology.

Source: “Keene psychologist faces additional charges,” The Keene Sentinel, “April 28, 2010.

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