Monthly Archives: February 2011

Prosecutor brings additional charges against therapist already facing kiddie porn charge

In December 2010, Contra Costa (California) County prosecutors amended the charges against marriage and family therapist Thomas P. Jewell.

Jewell had initially been arrested on child pornography charges last November, after police found a large amount of such material in his home.

Jewell had been employed for several years by the mental health division at Contra Costa County Health Services, assigned to Juvenile Hall.

Investigators found 13,000 images of child pornography on computers seized from Jewell’s home in November.

The complaint against Jewell was amended when one of the victims was identified in the images.

Jewell was additionally charged with 46 counts of child molestation, one count of posing a child for the purpose of pornography, one county of showing pornographic material to a child and one count of possession of child pornography.

His bail was increased from $1 million to $5.8 million in light of the molestation charges.

Source: Robert Salonga, “Contra Costa Juvenile Hall counselor arrested in child pornography case,” Contra Costa Times, 18 November 2010 and ”Youth counselor charged with porn, molestation,” Associated Press, December 6, 2010.

Mental health counselor William L. Riedel sentenced to 35 years prison for drugging and molesting 11-year-old girl

On February 11, a judge sentenced a Mesa (Arizona) man to 20 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and 15 years in prison for child molestation, attempted child molestation, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful administration of drugs.

In addition to that prison time – the sentences will run back to back – William Lewis Riedel also got lifetime probation on two other charges.

Riedel, a former family counselor, was arrested in January 2008.

According to investigators, Riedel, who was 43 at the time, convinced his then girlfriend to give her 11-year-daughter sleeping pills – they told the child they were allergy pills – and then the couple took pictures as they molested her. This happened in 2006 and went on for three months.

It all came to light nearly two years later when the daughter of Riedel’s new fiance found the pictures on Riedel’s computer. She told her mother and the mother contacted the police.

Investigators confiscated the computer and found a variety of disturbing images or Riedel with the victim. They said the victim appeared to be drugged or unconscious in all of the pictures. Police said they also found other images depicting child pornography.

Riedel allegedly told investigators he “groomed” the victim’s mother, teaching her and encouraging her to take part in the molestation.

Riedel eventually pleaded guilty to the counts for which Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie sentenced him.

Source: Catherine Holland, “Mesa man gets 35 years in child molestation case,” http://www.azfamily.com, February 11, 2011.

Psychologist indicted for sexual misconduct with patient; admits fondling, etc.

A psychologist at a southwest suburban mental health center was formally charged February 4, 2011 with sexual misconduct with a disabled patient.

Dr. Robert Eizenga, 66, of Tinley Park, was charged Jan. 19 with one count each of sexual misconduct with a disabled person and official misconduct, according to Chicago Police.

On Jan. 20, he was ordered held on $150,000 bond, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Add on Friday, Eizenga was indicted on the charges, according to state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Eizenga, a forensic psychologist, has been employed by the state Dept. of Human Services for more than 20 years, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

At the time of the alleged incidents, he was working at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center at 7400 W. 183rd St. as court liaison to the state’s attorney’s office and the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.

Court records show that on April 25, 2010, a 45-year-old woman was admitted as an inpatient suffering from depression. A few days after she was admitted, Eizinga took her into a conference room and said he would try to help her.

A couple of days later, he told the victim he had a “sex addiction,” was going to get divorced and was going make the victim “feel better.” He allegedly pulled his chair closer to hers, rubbed her leg and said he could get her a job, prosecutors said.

He then fondled her, exposed himself and told the victim to perform a sex act on him, threatening that he could keep her in the facility or send her to the Read Mental Health Center if she did not comply, prosecutors allege.

She performed oral sex because she believed he would force her to remain at the center, though she was there voluntarily. prosecutors said.

After a second similar encounter, the victim told her sister, who made numerous calls to the center trying to have her sister discharged. On the day the victim was discharged, Eizenga went to her room and gave her $20 and his business card, prosecutors said.

Eizenga later called the woman and bought her a cell phone using the name “Sam Doe.’’ He later gave her $100 to “keep her mouth shut,’’ court records show. On May 12, 2010, the victim called the facility to make a complaint and Eizinga was placed on administrative leave.

On Oct. 13, an Illinois State Police Special Agent placed Eizenga under arrest and he gave a handwritten statement admitting he told the victim he had a sex addiction and was getting divorced, but he claimed the victim wanted to have sex with him.

He admitted he fondled her and gave her $20, but said the woman asked for $500 and a bus ticket to Atlanta, according to the state’s attorney’s office. He said he then stopped communicating with her.

Source: “Psychologist indicted for sexual misconduct with patient,” Chicago Sun-Times, February 4, 2011.