Monthly Archives: August 2011

Psychiatrist accused fo threatening, making sexual advances on patients

A former psychiatrist who saw patients in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota is facing possible disciplinary action from the Iowa Medical Board.

According to Board minutes, 52-year-old Michael L. Moeller is charged with allegedly making a threatening statement to a patient being treated for anxiety and with making sexual advances to the mother of a child he was counseling. Both incidents reportedly occurred in Spencer, Iowa.

The Iowa Medical Board also claims Moeller failed to reveal that he was under investigation by another state medical board when he applied to have his Iowa medical license renewed.

A hearing is scheduled for October 20.

Source: “Psychiatrist Faces Disciplinary Action,” KelolandTV.com, August 30, 2011.

Former patients testify against psychologist charged with sexual exploitation

Several women testified Tuesday against an Oak Creek psychologist charged with having sex with one of them while in a therapy relationship.

Jeffrey Adamczak, 48. was charged last year with two counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist for contacts with two patients, but prosecutors amended the complaint to focus on just one, a woman who testified Tuesday that she had been in therapy about 18 months with Adamczak before he initiated a sexual encounter that turned into a nearly yearlong affair.

The woman, whom Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet ordered not to be fully identified in news reports as a possible sexual assault victim, said she eventually came to feel like “the other woman” when Adamczak did not follow through on his promise to leave his wife.

She said that after they first had sex in his office, he told her that she could no longer be his patient, “on paper,” but that she continued going to sessions for most of 2005 that included some therapy and some sex, until she chose to end the sexual relationship in early 2006. But she said she later started her own business with Adamczak’s help.

Her testimony, and cross-examination by Adamczak’s attorney, Gerry Boyle, continues Tuesday afternoon.

Another former patient testified that she was Adamczak’s patient when she was 17 and 18, and that he made her feel like a prude for saying she had no interest in having sex with her boyfriend, and for suggesting she wear sandals with a heel to make her look sexier.

Another woman said she didn’t go back to Adamczak after he asked how she got along with her husband, and asked her, “Do you undress him with those crazy eyes like you’re undressing me right now?”

Both those women said Adamczak never touched them or tried to contact them outside therapy, but that they felt compelled to contact prosecutors after reading that he had been charged last August.

Another former patient said she had sexual contact with Adamczak one time in 2004. That incident was charged in the initial complaint but later dropped.

Source: Bruce Vielmetti, “Women testify against former therapist,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 30, 2011.

Child psychologist pleads guilty to sex charges involving young girls

A former child psychologist who lives in Whiteford and practiced in Fallston pleaded guilty Monday to abusing three girls whom he was treating.

The day his trial was scheduled to start in Harford County Circuit Court, David Wayne Schrumpf, 44, of the 4400 block of Prospect Road, pleaded guilty to one count of child sex abuse and two counts of second degree assault of three girls he treated. Two of the victims were sisters.

The plea agreement with Schrumpf was announced by Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the state is seeking a six-year sentence to be served in the Maryland Division of Correction, according to a news release from Cassilly.

Schrumpf will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and voluntarily surrender his license to practice psychology.

He has agreed not to seek to be licensed as a child psychologist in any jurisdiction in which he may live and has also agreed not to have any contact with any child under the age of 18. He will also undergo sex offender treatment as recommended by the Department of Parole and Probation.

“In every single case I do, I have to remember I ultimately have to do what is best for the child victim,” Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Adkins Tobin, who prosecuted the case, said Monday afternoon. “A trial requires a very young child to come into court, testify, relieve the abuse in front of him… It’s traumatic for an adult to do, let alone a child.”

In this case, Tobin said, she was glad she didn’t have to make the three girls testify and bring them into court. The girls’ families are happy as well, she said.

Tobin said she is asking that Schrumpf be sentenced to six years in jail to “send a message that he’s not above the law.”

An equally important part of the plea, she explained, is that Schrumpf will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

“It’s important for people in the community to be aware of who is living in their midst,” Tobin said. “This man is a professional whose entire career has been geared toward working with children. We need to protect children, future generations of children from being abused by him.”

Schrumpf had been accused in December of abusing one of his patients.

A 7-year-old girl whom Schrumpf had been treating told her mother that Schrumpf had touched her inappropriately during one of their treatment sessions. The mother questioned her other daughter, who was 10, who also said that Schrumpf, her doctor, touched her in private places.

In those cases, Schrumpf was charged with eight counts of sex abuse of a minor, eight counts of third-degree sex offense and eight counts of second-degree assault.

A third victim emerged during the investigation. A 9-year-old girl, also a patient of Schrumpf’s, came forward said she was touched inappropriately.

In that case, Schrumpf was charged with sex abuse of a minor as continuing course of conduct and 10 counts of sex abuse of a minor.

Schrumpf had his psychology practice in the 2300 block of Belair Road in Fallston.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 31 in Harford Circuit Court before Judge Maurice Baldwin.

Source: Erika Butler, “Fallston psychologist pleads guilty to child sex abuse, Baltimore Sun, August 22, 2011.

Louisiana “school counselor” sentenced to 30 years prison for child rape is actually licensed psychiatrist

Allison Campo Hargrave, MD

224 ST. LANDRY ST., STE. 2-B
LAFAYETTE, LA 70506
Phone: (337) 235-4554
License Number License Category Issue Date Reinstatement Date Current Through Current Status Specialty
MD.14022R Medicine and Surgery 03/20/2001   06/07/2010 License suspended pending administrative action Psychiatry
Medical/Professional School Degree Date Graduated
Louisiana State University School of Medicine M.D. 05/18/1996

A former Ascension Episcopal School counselor will spend 30 years behind bars for raping a 14-year-old female student who went to her for in-school guidance.

U.S. District Judge Richard Haik sentenced Dr. Allison Hargrave, 40, of Lafayette, to 30 years in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release.

Haik told Hargrave during her sentencing Wednesday evening that he strongly considered putting her in jail for the remainder of her life.

“I wanted to, but I just couldn’t justify it,” Haik said. “Thirty years is a long, long time, Ms. Hargrave.”

Haik, who also ordered Hargrave to pay $279,454 in restitution to the victim, had harsh words for Hargrave.

“You manipulated, and you played the game,” Haik said. “And you lost.”

During the sentencing, Haik told Hargrave he would recommend she be placed in a prison facility where she can get “serious medical treatment for a serious problem you have.”

In March, Hargrave pleaded guilty in federal court to the crime of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Hargrave, wearing a bright pink Iberia Parish Jail inmate jumpsuit, solemnly walked out the courtroom after Haik sentenced her. She did, however, apologize for her actions earlier in the sentencing.

Hargrave, who was a counselor and yoga instructor at the school, began counseling the 14-year-old female victim during spring 2009. Haik sharply criticized Hargrave on Wednesday for taking advantage of the student, who went to Hargrave for help with depression and suicidal feelings.

“You will survive,” Haik told Hargrave. “I pray to God that young lady does too.”

Hargrave continued her relationship with the minor during the summer of 2009, and by that fall, Hargrave began sending the victim text messages and emails “graphically discussing engaging in sexual activities with the minor and making plans to meet the minor to engage in the sexual activities,” according U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley, who represents Lafayette as part of Louisiana’s Western District.

“This case reflects the serious consequences and fallout of individuals who sexually abuse minors,” Finley said in a news release.

“The harm done to children is long range and often irreversible. The actions of the defendant are disturbing, and the sentence is justified.”

During the fall of 2009, Hargrave “raped the minor female in a medical office in Lafayette,” Finley said. Hargrave continued to sexual exploit the victim into January 2010.

Source: Nicholas Persac, “Ex-school counselor to serve 30 years,” The Advertiser, August 3, 2011.

Florida medical board issues emergency suspension of psychologist John W. Hutcheson, Jr. for sexual exploitation of patient

On August 3, 2011, the Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Suspension of License on psychologist John Williams Hutcheson, Jr.

The Department’s Order states that Hutcheson provided psychology services at the Anchor Clinic in Destin, Florida and that from September 15, 2009 to about October 25, 2010, he provided such services to patient “J.B.,” a then-53-year-old married female who relayed to Hutcheson a history of severe depression which commenced following the death of her child in 1980 and for which she had received treatment with psychotherapy, psychiatric drugs and electroconvulsive therapy.

The Order states that in or about April 2010, during a weekly therapy session, Hutcheson stood up from his chair and sat down next to J.B. and began kissing her then proceeded to fondle her under her clothing and to digitally penetrate her. Later that evening, when J.B. called him on his personal cell phone to discuss the incident, he diminished it and reassured J.B. that that it was normal behavior between healthy adults.

At the time of this encounter, J.B. felt isolated and dependent on Hutcheson and did not feel she could leave the relationship and so continued to see him. She attended approximately 20 more weekly sessions during which he would engage in the same sexual activity.  “Then,” the Order states, “he would unbuckle his belt, pull down his undergarment and put his hands on J.B.’s head, guiding it toward his exposed penis. Each time J.B. acquiesced and performed oral sex on Hutcheson…during approximately 20 therapy sessions….”

After Hutcheson began engaging in sex with J.B., he ceased providing any therapeutic services but continued to charge J.B. her co-payment and submitted claims to the Tricare program (federally funded health program for armed forces and their families) for the 20 sessions, for which he was paid $2,000.

The Board acknowledges the “unequal distribution of power inherent in the psychologist-patient relationship” which made J.B. “vulnerable to sexual contact as a result of (Hutcheson’s) exploitation of trust, knowledge, influence or emotions derived from the professional relationship.

The Board cites Hutcheson’s conduct as “particularly egregious because of the period of time over which the conduct occurred, the number of occasions…and the fact that Hutcheson profited monetarily” from it.

A proceeding seeking formal suspension or other discipline is forthcoming.

Source: Order of Emergency Suspension of License, in re: Emergency Suspension of the License of John Williams Hutcheson, Jr., Psy.D., License No. PY 3551, Case No. 2010-22442, State of Florida Department of Health.

Psychiatrist Catherine Munson loses licenses in New York and South Carolina for sex with patient

On August 1, 2011, psychiatrist Catherine L. Munson surrendered her license to the New York Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.

This action was based on disciplinary action taken against her in the state of South Carolina for actions which, if they had occurred in the state of New York would constituted misconduct and grounds for disciplinary action.  Specifically, on August 6, 2010, the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners reprimanded and suspended Munson, based on findings that she began a sexual relationship with a female patient (“R.W.”).

The Order states that Munson “engaged in sexual relations with R.W. in various venues, wherein she became the subject of written, audio, and video recordings, with dissemination of the same by R.W.’s domestic partner.”

Further, the document states that Munson became the subject of a purported blackmail scheme by R.W. and her domestic partner (a person Munson was familiar with, who was herself one of R.W.’s former therapists).

Munson did not seek police assistance with regard to the blackmail but instead attempted to cease communication with the patient and her partner, resulting in an escalation of circumstances in which the partner appeared at Munson’s residence and assaulted her.

Source: Final Order in the Matter of Catherine L. Munson, M.D., License No. MMD 16094, Case 2009-218, South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Before the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners and Surrender Order in the Matter of Catherine Laura Munson, M.D., CO-10-10-6350-A, BPMC No. 11-189, New York Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.