Monthly Archives: September 2010

Australia suspends psychologist Graham P. Holbrook for repeated strange, sexual behavior

On July 13, 2010, the Psychologists Tribunal of New South Wales (Australia) cancelled the registration of psychologist Graham Patrick Holbrook for three years (equivalent to a revocation, during which he may not reapply or seek registration).

Holbrook was employed by the Department of Education as a school counselor in schools in New South Wales from 2002 to 2006, when the incidents which form the basis of the complaint against him occurred.

Holbrook was found by the Tribunal to have engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct, professional misconduct and to be not of good character. These findings were based on the following:

In approximately May 2002, at school meetings, Holbrook make comments which were inappropriate, particularly words to the effect of “I like to ogle the high school girls in their gym skirts” and “Gee, I love my job. All those young girls in gym skirts.”

“I am a psychologist and I work in local schools, but the money is terrible. I am thinking about taking photos of young girls for extra money.  Would it bother you if I took photos of your daughter for the internet…photos for dirty old men?”

In approximately June 2002, Holbrook, in an interview/counseling session with a student, asked that student words to the effect of “Do you masturbate?” and “Do you ever masturbate in front of anyone?”

On February 23, 2004, during an interview/counseling session with another child, Holbrook pulled the chair in which the child was sitting toward him, placed his hands on the child’s thighs and moved his hands up the child’s thighs moving the hemline of her skirt up her thighs. When the child pushed herself away from him, he said words to the effect of “Sorry, you’re just such a tease.”

Though required to keep the door to his office open so that both he and whomever he was interviewing could be seen by passersby (in accordance with policy), the Tribunal’s document states that he locked and/or failed to keep the door open sufficiently during instances in 2004 and 2006.

On approximately July 24 or 25, 2006, Holbrook obtained the personal mobile phone number of a female student from the psychologist’s office at one the schools he worked it. A few days later, he said spoke to the student, words to the effect “Are you free on the weekend?” and “I thought maybe we could catch up.” Later on that day, he called the student and stated words to the effect “Are you still okay to talk to me” and “Don’t tell anyone about this because I could lose my job or worse.”

In approximately December 2006, while at a hair salon, Holbrook made inappropriate comments and/or asked questions of the staff, to the effect of “I am a psychologist and I work in local schools, but the money is terrible. I am thinking about taking photos of young girls for extra money,” and “Would it bother you if I took photos of your daughter for the internet…photos for dirty old men?” and “Do you know of any young girls who I could photograph for men to look at?”

He was deemed a risk to children and young people.

Source: HCCC v Holbrook [2010] NSWPST 5 (13 July 2010), Matter Number: PST 006/2009, PS 0060257, Inquiry under Section 109 In the Matter of Graham Patrick Holbrook.

Story used with permission of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International.

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Psychiatrist Frank J. Ilardi: licenses revoked in three countries

On January 22, 2010, the state of Alaska denied Frank Ilardi’s petition for the restoration of his license, which he surrendered in October 2006 on charges of “…harrassing, disruptive, or abusive behavior; engaging in unprofessional conduct, in sexual conduct, or in lewd or immoral conduct in connection with the delivery of professional services to patients and violating the code of ethics.”

Specifically, in November 2002, Ilardi was working at Charter North Star Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.  On several occasions, Ilardi exposed his erect penis to a female nurse at the hospital and forcefully attempted to have sex with her.  Despite her objections, Llardi touched her sexually before she managed to escape.

On June 25, 2007, the State of New York, Department of Health revoked the llardi’s license based on the disciplinary action taken on him in Alaska.

Following a hearing  by the Alaska State Medical Board, Llardi voluntarily surrendered his license to practice medicine in Alaska.

The New York Board held that Ilardi’s surrender to practice medicine in another state, because of actions that would constitute misconduct under the laws of New York, were grounds to revoke his medical license in the State of New York.
Ilardi was also denied licensure in Maine and his licenses were cancelled in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Source:  Entry on Frank J. Ilardi, as listed in Summary of Board Actions 2010, published by the Alaska State Medical Board and Determination and Order in the Matter of Frank J. Ilardi, M.D., B.P.M.C. #07-132, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.