Monthly Archives: September 2011

Finishing the job: Patient sues psychologist who was recently criminally convicted for sexually exploiting her

An Oak Creek psychologist convicted earlier this month of sexually exploiting a patient, has now been named in a negligence action by the same woman.

A jury found Jeffrey Adamczak guilty Sept. 2 of beginning a nearly year long affair with Sabrina Eder in Feburary 2005, when she had been seeing him for psychotherapy about three years and was still his patient.

Adamczak claimed the sexual relationship didn’t start until a month later, after he had closed Eder’s file and ended the therapist-patient relationship.

His attorney, Gerald Boyle, used the fact Eder,40, had retained noted personal injury firm Murphy & Prochthauser last year to suggest she was out to destroy Adamczak , 48, and collect money. She said she only turned him in last year to professional regulators and then police after she suspected he was again having sexual contact with patients.

Normally, a plaintiff would have to file a negligence action within three years. Eder’s suit says her time frame is extended because throughout their sexual relationship, Adamczak instructed Eder not to reveal it to anyone.

The civil claim, filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, seeks unspecified damages. It names Adamczak and his insurance carrier as defendants.

Adamczak testified at trial that he is in the process of becoming licensed to practice psychology in Nevada. His Wisconsin license remains current. He faces possible prison time at when he is sentenced Oct. 13.

Source: Bruce Vielmetti, “Convicted therapist now faces negligence suit from patient/lover,” Journal Sentinel, September 13, 2011.

Maryland clinical social worker Charles J. Cravath surrenders license following conviction of sex crime involving a minor

On November 12, 2010, licensed clinical social worker Charles J. Cravath surrendered his license to the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, “prompted by an investigation of my licensure by the Board and the office of the Attorney General,” according to Cravath’s letter of surrender.

This action was the result of two complaints received by the Board alleging that Cravath was indicted on June 15, 2009 on a charge of Attempted Indecent Liberties, a felony. On August 12, 2009, he pleaded guilty to the charge and on December 15, 2009 pleaded guilty to Internet Solicitation of a Minor.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, suspended less time served of 272 days.

Conditions of his probation include registering as a sex offender and no use of computers or other technology that allowed internet access without the permission his probation officer.

Source: Charles J. Cravath, Re: Surrender of LIcense to Practice Social Work, License No. 14616, Case No. 09-1452, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

Maryland clinical social worker Thomas Wetmore surrenders license following conviction for sex crime

On April 5, 2011, clinical social worker Thomas Wetmore surrendered his license to the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners following the Board’s issuance of a Notice of Intent to Revoke Social Worker License.

This notice was issued following the Board’s receipt of information that Wetmore was the subject of criminal charges.

The Board’s subsequent investigation revealed that on August 6, 2010 Wetmore was convicted of Sex Offense Fourth Degree, Assault Second Degree and Indecent Exposure, all relative to an incident which took place on November 5, 2009, whereby he was accused of sexually assaulting a female client. He was sentenced to 14 years incarceration with all but six months suspended and two years of supervised probation, as well as criminal fines of $3,057.

Source: Letter of Surrender, Thomas Wetmore, License No. 12570, Case No. 09-1520, Maryland Board of Social Workers.

Oregon board revokes license of counselor Robert D. Massena for sexual violations with client

In May 2011, the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists revoked the license of counselor Robert D. Massena for engaging in sexual acts with a client; by failing to act with the highest standards of professional integrity and competence; by continuing to practice counseling when his professional judgment was adversely affected by his own personal and professional problems and by disclosing confidential information about other clients without written consent. The Board’s order addresses Massena’s treatment of a married couple he counseled from late 2005 to early 2009 and states, among other things:

  • Massena shared information about his own sexual abuse as a young boy; his belief that his wife was having an affair with another man; his belief that he was not the father of one of his children.
  • Talked to the husband and wife about a civil lawsuit that was filed against him by the husband of another couple who sued him for interfering in their marriage and encouraged the wife to divorce the husband (his insurance company ultimately settled the suit).
  • Occasionally talked to the husband and wife about other clients’ problems and introduced the wife to other clients counseling with him either immediately before or after the wife’s sessions.
  • Expressed his anger and frustration to the wife about his in-laws’ religious views.
  • Suggested to the wife that she “separate herself” sexually from the husband, which resulted in the husband sleeping on the couch and the led their children to believe they were about to divorce.
  • Told the wife during a counseling session that he “bet she had gorgeous breasts,” advised her to go home, undress and look at her breasts in the mirror to see if she agreed.
  • Advised the wife later in their therapeutic relationship that she was ready for “deeper therapy” and told her that women in his women’s group would remove their blouses and bras during group counseling sessions and discuss their sexual problems; he told her their sessions would need to become more frequent and longer. During a later session, he told her to remove her blouse and bra during session “in order to improve her self esteem” and she did.
  • In a session a week later, the wife again removed her blouse and bra and Massena exposed his penis to her, drew and imaginary line between his penis and her pubic area and advised her that “This can’t go in there.”  Massena advised the wife that she “missed some sexual growth” during her youth. These kinds of session continued and in one session, Massena had the wife fondle his penis and help him masturbate into a tissue, then explained that the episode triggered thoughts of his sexual abuse as a youth by an older woman.
  • This “deeper therapy” continued, with Massena telling the wife that performing oral sex on him would “instill value” in her and persuading her to perform oral sex on him in three sessions.

Massena denied all allegations against him but the administrative law judge presiding over the case found the couples’ testimony and corroborating evidence more convincing that Massena’s denials.

Source: Final Order Revoking License in the Matter of Robert D. Massena, Agency Case No. 2010-010, OAH Case No. 1001684, DOJ Case No. 108001-GB0223-10, Before the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

Wisconsin psychologist Jeffrey Adamczak convicted of sexual exploitation of patient

On September 2, 2011, Wisconsin psychologist Jeffrey Adamczak was found guilty of sexual exploitation by a therapist for engaging in a sexual relationship with a longtime patient in 2005. He faces up to 7 ½ years in prison when he is sentenced October 13.

Adamczak was charged in 2010 for an affair with a female patient which she broke off in 2006. She contacted police in 2010 when she became convicted he was engaging in sex with patients again.

Other former patients testified of sexual contact with Adamczak or inappropriate sexual comments from him during therapy sessions.

Source: Bruce Vielmetti, “Psychologist guilty in sexual exploitation case,” Journal Sentinel, September 2, 2011.