Monthly Archives: October 2010

State charges psychiatrist Richard T. Adamson with patient sex, disclosure violations

On August 10, 2010, the State of Washington Department of Health (DOH) issued a Statement of Charges on psychiatrist Richard T. Adamson, alleging sexual misconduct, disclosure by a health care provider and unprofessional conduct.  According to the DOH’s document:

  • Adamson provided medication management and psychotherapy for “Patient A” from July 2004 to November 2008.  Early in therapy, “A” revealed that she had been sexually abused by her father.
  • Adamson violated doctor-patient boundaries by providing business consultation services to “A,” herself a family practice physician, from September 2006 until October 2008.
  • In mid-November 2008, Adamson and “A” attended a four-day conference in Colorado during which Adamson violated professional boundaries by dining with “A” and sharing personal information with her about his wife’s suicide and by kissing her in his office on their return from the conference.
  • On November 21, 2008, Adamson and “A” met at his office for a final psychotherapy session during which he encouraged “A” to seek treatment with someone else, then engaged in sexual intercourse with “A.”
  • From December 2008 to June 2009, “A” frequently met Adamson at his office and they would have sex.  “A” left her husband and moved into an apartment, where Adamson also engaged in sex with “A.”
  • The sexual relationship between Adamson and “A” ended sometime in June 2009 after Adamson told “A” that during their relationship he had been obsessed with another younger married woman and had engaged in “phone sex” and “instant messaging sex” with her.

Adamson told “A” that during their relationship he had been obsessed with another younger married woman and had engaged in “phone sex” and “instant messaging sex” with her.

Adamson treated “Patient B” on and off between September 1989 and January 2010.  The DOH’s document alleges:

  • In April or May 2009, Adamson disclosed to “A” that “B,” who had been the appointment before hers, had been talking about her in therapy, had a crush on her and wanted to ask her out.
  • In April or May 2009, “B” met “A” in the waiting room of Adamson’s office.  “B” developed a friendship with “A” and they saw one another socially until approximately November 2009.  In September 2009, “B” told Adamson that “A” had indicated she did not want to pursue a dating relationship with him.  “A” also told “B” that she had romantic feelings for another man whom she described as unrequited love interest.
  • Adamson violated doctor-patient boundaries when he (1) communicated to “B” that “A” was his patient and that he had a romantic relationship with her, (2) shared aspects of his personal life with “B” and (3) communicated to “A” information about the contents of his session with “B.”

Source: Statement of Charges in the Matter of the License to Practice as a Physician and Surgeon of Richard T. Adamson, M.D., License No. MD00019594, Case No. M2010-287, State of Washington Department of Health.

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Psychiatrist Dwight F. King, convicted of sex with patients, withdraws application for reinstatement of license

On November 12, 2009, the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners issued a Findings of Fact which stated that psychiatrist Dwight F. King withdrew his application for reinstatement of his license while under investigation.

King had signed a voluntary surrender and suspension of his medical license on December 2, 2006, following investigations of sexual crimes against patients.

On March 22, 2007, a grand jury indicted King on 15 felony counts of sexual penetration by a psychotherapist on patients who were emotionally dependent upon him at the time.  He was later convicted and was sentenced on October 5, 2007 to a suspended imposition of sentence.  He was placed on 10 years supervised probation which included 90 consecutive days in the state penitentiary and seven consecutive days in Yankton County Jail each year of the 10-year probation.  Additionally, he was required to pay a fine as well as restitution to his victims.

…a grand jury indicted King on 15 felony counts of sexual penetration by a psychotherapist… . He was later convicted and sentenced.

Some time after his criminal sentencing (the Board’s documents do not state the actual date), King applied to the Board for reinstatement of his suspended license and met with members of the Board’s investigative panel who commenced an investigation of his application.  During the course of the investigation, King withdrew his application.

Source: Order Accepting Voluntary Surrender and Suspension In the Matter of the Surrender and Suspension of the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopath Examiners License #4624 Issued to Dwight King, M.D.; Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law In the Matter of the Application for Reinstatement of South Dakota Medical Licensure Submitted by Dwight F. King, M.D., South Dakota Board of Medical and Voluntary Surrender of Medical License, Dwight King, M.D., South Dakota Board of Medical Examiners.

Psychologist Nicolas Dubin, national expert on bullying, arrested; admits to downloading child pornography

West Bloomfield, Michigan: A child psychologist and one of the nation’s experts on issues affecting the Asperger’s community and in particular, teen bullying, has been accused of downloading child pornography.

Dr. Nicolas Dubin of West Bloomfield was charged with knowingly receiving and disturbing child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography.

Dubin is best known for touring the nation and giving motivational speeches about bullies and problems associated with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, which he himself has.

Despite the having Asperger’s syndrome, Dubin went on to become a psychologist and has sold numerous books, CD’s and audio tapes about the syndrome.

But the FBI said Dubin has another, more cynical, passion: child pornography.

Federal agents said they found dozens of pornographic images and videos of male children, between the ages of 10 and 14 years old, exposing their genitals on Dubin’s computer.

Dubin admitted that he had been illegally downloading the pornographic images from Limewire for “several years” according to a criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the pieces of evidence seized from Dubin’s computer includes a disturbing video of a naked pubescent boy sitting on a bed performing oral sex on an adult male while another young boy fondles him.

Federal agents found the pornographic images and videos on Limewire and subpoenaed Comcast to see who was downloading them.

The subpoena traced the Comcast account to Dubin’s home on Lone Pine Road.

The criminal complaint said that Dubin admitted to federal agents that he was aware that downloading child pornography was illegal.

Dubin was charged and posted bond pending trial.

Source: “Psychologist charged in child porn case,” WDIV-TV, October 15, 2010.

Court awards patient $900K against psychiatrist who set up “voyeuristic” patient dates

She went to a highly respected Manhattan shrink to help her cope with years of sexual abuse — and his twisted treatment was to set her up for sex trysts with other patients.

The doctor, Allen Collins — founding chairman of Lenox Hill Hospital’s psychiatry department and a perennial on New York magazine’s “Best Doctors” list — would then pester her for a salacious, detailed rundown of their romps, said disgusted former patient Finele Carpenter.

“It was a living horror,” said Carpenter, a stunning, 57-year-old former Ford Model who recently sued Collins in Manhattan court and was just awarded $650,000.

Carpenter — an Arkansas native whose rise to fame and fortune as the Jordache jeans girl led The New York Times to label her life a “Manhattan fairy tale” in 1979 — was struggling when she was referred to Collins in 2000.

“I went to him very vulnerable and very trusting. I was an easy mark,” Carpenter told The Post yesterday.

A survivor of sex abuse as a child and rape in her 20s, her marriage to a California millionaire — her fourth — had fallen apart, and she was engaging in self-mutilation.

Her lawsuit described Collins, 68, as unusually carefree about sharing her with other patients.

During their second session, she said, he gave her the name of a good divorce lawyer — a patient — and recommended she use him. The lawyer wound up scoring a multimillion-dollar settlement on her behalf.

Then came the “dating” referrals with Collins’ patients, which began a few weeks after she started seeing him.

“He said he had this friend of his who would be good for me . . . [H]e was accomplished and interesting, unhappily married,” Carpenter said at her deposition. He “asked if he could give my phone number to him and unfortunately I eventually said yes.”

After she and the man — who was one of Collins’ patients — had sex, the doctor made clear he knew all about it, her filings say.
Collins “told me I should never ask a man if he [was] on Viagra, which I had done” and told her the man wouldn’t be calling her again because his wife smelled perfume on him when he returned home, her filings say.

She wound up carrying on a months-long relationship with Patient No. 2 and said Collins would pester her for all the dirty details.

“It was sexual voyeurism, all for the doctor’s titillation,” she said, adding he’d kept her off balance the entire time she was seeing him — scheduling her for three 90-minute sessions at different times every week and loading her up with nine medications a day.

He “would ask me if I had an orgasm, what it felt like, how I felt, did it please me,” she recalled in her deposition.

Carpenter said they broke up because of the man’s unusual sexual “proclivities.”

Patient No. 3 was another unhappily married man, and Collins told her he hoped that a relationship between them would “push or shove” the man out of his marriage, her filings say.

Patient No. 4 was an unhappily married billionaire, but Carpenter said she didn’t sleep with him because he was “aggressive” and “not nice.”

Patient No. 5 was also “too aggressive,” and Collins was “very upset” that their date didn’t lead anywhere, Carpenter said.

“It was sexual voyeurism, all for the doctor’s titillation,” she said, adding he’d kept her off balance the entire time she was seeing him — scheduling her for three 90-minute sessions at different times every week and loading her up with nine medications a day.

Collins’ lawyer refused comment on the case, and the doctor didn’t return a call.

In his court filings, Collins admitted setting Carpenter up with other patients but said it was for her good, not his.

He said he was encouraging “positive social encounters,” and “if things developed, things developed. I was not specifically recommending the development of a relationship in one way or another.”

His expert said in court papers that the referrals were “reasonably intended to address” Carpenter’s “expressed feelings of isolation, inability to meet people on her own, depression and worthlessness,” and were preferable to leaving her to “the mercies and uncertainties of a dating service.”

He also downplayed other things she described as inappropriate, including soliciting her for the board of his charity, and urging her to get her society pals to donate to it.

“He denied it, but the jury didn’t buy it,” said Carpenter’s lawyer, David Taback.

It took jurors took just two hours to find he’d crossed the line of ethical behavior this past Tuesday, awarding the former Ford model $400,000 for her conscious pain and suffering and reimbursement of $250,000 she’d paid Collins over the five years she was his patient, Taback said.

“He controlled her for his own purposes,” and now he’s paying a price, Taback said.

Source: Dareh Gregorian, “‘Voyeur’ shrink set up patient’s trysts to hear salacious details,” New York Post, October 9, 2010

Psychiatrist Peter Sung-Ho Lim suspended for sexual relationship with patient

On September 5, 2010, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia suspended psychiatrist Peter Sung-Ho Lim for two years after he confessed to having had a “personal and sexual relationship” with a patient.

He also sent text messages of an “inappropriate and personal nature” to another patient, according to the findindgs of the College.

Lim is required to complete a counseling course and interview before he may, after two years, appeal to have his license reinstated.

Source: Benjamine Alldritt, “College suspends N. Van doctor,” North Shore News, September 5, 2010.

California, Texas discipline psychiatrist Barry Fenton for “personal and romantic relationship with patient

On July 5, 2010, the Medical Board of California revoked the certificate of psychiatrist Barry Jay Fenton, stayed the revocation and placed him on probation for five years with terms and conditions.

According to the Board’s Accusation document, The Texas Medical Board reprimanded Fenton in August 2009 for entering into a personal and romantic relationship with a patient who he was treating for depression and anxiety.   Texas now requires Fenton to have a chaperone present during any future treatment he delivers to female patients.

The terms and conditions of California’s reciprocal disciplinary action include monitoring of his practice during the term of his probation and payment of approximately $3,173 annually for probation monitoring costs.

Source: Decision In the Matter of Barry Jay Fenton, M.D., Physicians and Surgeons Certificate No. G38398, File No. 16-2009-201529, Before the Medical Board of California.

 

Psychiatrist Richard Young loses license for one year for sex with patient…again

On our about July 2010, psychiatrist Richard Young, of Melbourne, Australia was disqualified for one year for having offered a prostitute $50 for oral sex following a health check-up he gave her in March 2004.

Sex with the woman breached a 2003 condition on his medical registration (the result of an earlier medical board investigation) that he not have any sexual or personal relationship with a patient.

He also prescribed a potentially deadly painkiller to the patient, who was drug dependent (something Young denies knowing but admits he should have known—one of his colleagues held a methadone permit for her).

The Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) noted that Young had previously had sex with the patient at a brothel.

Source: Steve Butcher, “Doctor again banned for sex with patient,” Sydney Morning Herald, September 29, 2010.