Monthly Archives: August 2013

Psychotherapist Nelson Acevedo charged with raping client

A New Rochelle counselor was arraigned Tuesday on rape and sexual abuse charges after authorities said he sexually assaulted a patient.

Nelson Acevedo, 42, worked at the Guidance Center of Westchester in New Rochelle, where, earlier this year, he provided counseling for a woman whom he had “touch him in a sexually explicit manner” on two occasions, prosecutors said.

On a third occasion, Acevedo allegedly raped her at his home, having lured her there apparently under the guise that it, too, was a counseling session.

Acevedo appeared Tuesday in New Rochelle City Court and was arraigned on one count of third-degree rape, a felony, and two counts of sexual abuse, both misdemeanors.

Bail for Acevedo was set at $100,000 cash or bond, and he was being held Tuesday afternoon at the Westchester County jail in Valhalla. He faces up to 4 years in state prison if convicted of the rape charge.

Amy Gelles, the executive director of the Guidance Center, said that Acevedo, who was hired in 2010, had cleared a background check. She also said that there was no indication that there were other patients involved.

Gelles said that staffers at the center alerted authorities immediately upon being told of the woman’s allegations, and that Acevedo was fired today after his arrest.

“We take these allegations very, very seriously and we’re deeply troubled by the nature of them,” Gelles said.

A lawyer for Acevedo could not be immediately reached for comment.

Source: Erik Shilling, “New Rochelle counselor accused of rape, sexual assault against patient,” The Journal News, August 13, 2013.

Psychologist David Falkner facing trail for criminal sexual conduct with patient

The trial of an Ann Arbor psychologist whose former female patient told police he billed her for sessions at which they drank wine and had sex has been delayed while the state reviews his health care license.

David Falkner, 60, faces four counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in the case and now his health care license is being review by Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, his attorney John Shea said.

Shea requested this week and was granted a delay for the trial — which was set for next week — at a hearing in the Washtenaw County Trial Court. Neither Assistant Prosecutor Robyn Liddell nor Judge Darlene O’Brien objected to the adjournment.

O’Brien set a new trial date of Nov. 18 and a final pretrial hearing date of Oct 21.

Falkner is in the middle of the license review, and adjourning the trial would make dealing with the two proceedings easier and more efficient for the defense, Shea said.

The state agency could respond in a range of ways, from finding that nothing inappropriate occurred between the married Falkner and the 44-year-old female patient with whom he had an affair to stripping him of his license.

At Monday’s hearing, Liddell stated a plea offer is on the table: If Falkner pleaded guilty to two of the counts, the prosecution would dismiss the other two. There was no indication Falkner is considering the deal.

In a statement to AnnArbor.com, Shea wrote that the police report is incomplete in certain regards.

“We have a significantly different perspective on what happened and why, and the materials contained in the police investigation are incomplete in some important respects, both of which have made the pending case difficult to resolve,” the statement reads.

Falkner’s relationship with the woman began in August 2011 when the woman came seeking treatment from Falkner for problems with her marriage, according to documents obtained by AnnArbor.com via the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents — including a police report and a letter the woman wrote to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs — chronicle a whirlwind romance that ended when the woman went to police because she thought Falkner was taking advantage of her.

The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office subsequently authorized the four criminal counts, which are each punishable by up to two years in prison.

“I gave him the blueprint how he could manipulate me,” the woman told police. “I was completely honest with him … and he knew where (my) weaknesses were and knew how to exploit me.”

First contact

The woman told police she started looking around for a psychologist in July 2011 to address “relationship issues.”

“I sought therapy for difficulties I was experiencing in my marriage, as well as some concerns about my career,” the woman wrote in a letter to the state licensing board.

She came across Falkner and chose him because he was listed on the website of the magazine “Psychology Today” and also accepted her insurance. Falkner’s profile on that website has since been removed.

Falkner had a distinguished background. He had been a school psychologist with the Ann Arbor Public Schools for 25 years before going into private practice after retirement. He told police he worked with a wide variety of clients including children, University of Michigan students and adults at his office in the Pretzel Bell Building at 120 E. Liberty St. in downtown Ann Arbor.

“Things were fine at first,” the woman told police. “He went through my background (and) current issues. They were normal therapy sessions. We discussed issues and concerns.”

The woman said during this time Falkner shared general things about himself: He was married, had kids, loved sailing and was a fan of jazz. By November, though, Falkner was disclosing even more personal information to the woman.

“I thought it was significant,” the woman told police, adding that she initially thought it was a way of building trust in the therapy sessions.

“In December and January, his disclosures became more frequent,” the woman said to the detective. “…The tone at the beginning and end of sessions (was) more conversational.”

They had also started exchanging emails. When the woman came down with a case of laryngitis, she sent Falkner an email saying she wouldn’t be able to talk much at their next session and asked him if he’d be willing to answer “196 questions” she had for him about his disclosures.

Falkner said he would.

The woman arrived at the February session with tea to drink. Falkner, however, had wine waiting in his office.

Wine therapy

“I got to his office. He poured me a glass of wine,” the woman told police about the Feb. 3 therapy session.

The woman said she asked Falkner if it was normal to pour wine at a therapy session and said he replied, “No.”

She accepted the wine and Falkner started talking, according to the police report.

“He talked about himself,” she said. “His enjoyment, troubles, career, travel (and) music.”

He also told her he’d had an affair 10 years ago, but that it was over now.

“I asked what he was most passionate about,” the woman told police. “He said, ‘Great sex.’”

Falkner also had wine at their session two weeks later, which stretched to two and a half hours. Their normal session time was an hour. They drank wine and Falkner played the woman music. Falkner kissed and touched the woman for the first time, according to the report.

“It felt weird in his office,” the woman said. “A voice inside me said this wasn’t right.”

The woman broached the ethical question at another wine-fueled therapy session, according to the report. She asked him if he had ever been intimate with a patient before.

Falkner told her he had not, according to the report.

Crossing the line

Falkner still continued to bill the woman’s insurance for the sessions, she told police. At one point, the woman said he suggested they continue doing “non-traditional therapy.” The relationship soon turned sexual. On March 6, 8 and 15 of 2012 Falkner and the woman met in his office and had sex, according to the report. Falkner billed her for each one of these sessions. March 15 was the last session billed to the woman’s insurance.

They started meeting in parks instead.

“He called me, had jazz radio on,” the woman said about a particular meeting at an Ann Arbor park. “He’d been drinking. He grabbed me and we danced in the street. We had wine. We drank wine at the dock and we were kissing.”

Their sexual relationship continued throughout April and May even though they were both traveling.

In April, the woman told police her husband caught her playing the online game “Words with Friends” with Falkner. The husband knew she had stopped seeing Falkner as a patient and confronted her. The woman confessed the cheating to her husband, according to the report.

“He thought it was egregiously wrong,” she said.

The affair continued, however. On May 18, the woman told police she returned from a work trip. She met Falkner at his house where they drank some wine, then went and had sex in a deserted corner of Delhi Metropark.

The woman and her husband split up that summer.

Is it abuse?

The woman told police that she and her husband, who also have children, started mediation and getting their finances in order that summer. She also started doing online research about sexual relationships between psychologists and their patients.

The woman said she discovered the Therapy Exploitation Link Line website, which had a lot of information about similar situations.

“I found it wasn’t an affair or (a) relationship,” the woman told police. “It was abuse.”

By mid-July, the woman was becoming conflicted about the relationship. She ended it a month later via an email but then had sex with Falkner at his office on Aug. 21 while trying to retrieve her medical records from him.

The woman told police there was some confusion after that about how and why their affair finally ended, but it was soon over. Her attorney contacted Ann Arbor police in November and Detective Amy Ellinger subsequently interviewed both the woman and Falkner in person.

The detective asked the woman why she was coming to police months after the affair ended.

“I had an abusive therapist,” the woman told the detective. “It was not consensual. I trusted him with the details of my life. I didn’t assess him for trustworthiness.”

The woman also said she wanted to protect any future patients from going through something similar.

Jan Wohlberg, a founder of Therapy Exploitation Link Line said abuse by therapists is not uncommon.

The Massachusetts native said many people don’t realize it is not an “affair” when a therapist becomes involved with a patient.

“(The therapist) knows things about you that no one else knows about your life,” she said. “… This is not just an affair. This is a power imbalance situation.”

Wohlberg said there haven’t been any scientific studies about inappropriate relationships between therapists and patients, but her network’s website, http://www.therapyabuse.org, gets traffic of 35,000 to 40,000 users each year.

Wohlberg also cited an informal survey conducted by a Boston-area psychologist which claimed 30 percent of mental health workers said they’d had a sexual encounter with a patient.

“It was mutual and consensual”

When Ellinger asked Faulkner if he had any idea why he had been brought into the Ann Arbor Police Department for questioning in December, Falkner replied, “Absolutely zero.”

Falkner seemed worried about his career, according to the police report.

He said he was anxious to find out why he was there “because a career can get destroyed because of an accusation, not a conviction, so I’m just confused,” he said.

During questioning, he admitted to having a sexual relationship with the woman.

“It was … mutual and consensual,” he said.

Shea also addressed the relationship in his statement about the case.

“Falkner has been forthright from the beginning that he had a relationship with an adult patient that was wrong on many levels and for which he is deeply sorry,” the statement said. “It lasted for some months, it became extremely troubling for both, and it ended. However, that does not change the fact that the relationship was completely inappropriate and, unfortunately, it hurt people.”

Falkner was free to go after the questioning in December, but left the station with the knowledge that he could be charged with a crime for the relationship

On Jan. 28, the prosecutor’s office authorized the four counts of fourth-degree CSC. Falkner turned himself in on Feb. 4 and was arraigned in the 15th District Court in downtown Ann Arbor. The judge released him on a personal recognizance bond.

On March 21, Falkner waived his preliminary examination and stood mute to charges. A trial was set for Aug. 19 before being adjourned to November.

State records show Falkner is still in possession of his health license.

Source: John Counts, “Ann Arbor psychologist charged with 4 counts of CSC has trial delayed while state reviews license,” AnnArbor.com, August 10, 2013.

Psychiatrist William Ayres, convicted of molesting boys, ordered held without bail prior to sentencing

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge sided with the prosecution today and remanded into custody a well-known former child psychiatrist who pleaded no contest in May to molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s.

The latest turn came this morning when Dr. William Hamilton Ayres, 81, of San Mateo, was due in court to seek a continuance for a sentencing date due to a delay in a doctor’s report. A new sentencing date was scheduled for Aug. 26, a day that Superior Court Judge Beth Freeman cleared for victims to address the court and recount their stories.

According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, today’s events couldn’t have come any sooner. He said Freeman made it abundantly clear that based on the seriousness of the crime and the number of victims, Ayres should be taken into custody without delay.

“His freedom ended today and we’re hoping it goes until the remainder of his life,” Wagstaffe said. “His freedom should have been ended many years ago. But I am glad it ended today.”

Six of Ayres’ victims spoke today, four of which spoke strictly about the motion to remand Ayres.

A victim named Rion B. and his father were granted the right to give their victim’s impact reports today because they are residents of Hawaii and cannot attend court on the sentencing day, according to Wagstaffe.

“It was a very, very emotional day in court today,” Wagstaffe said. “When victims talk about what happened to them it is very emotional.”

Many victims are expected to take the stand at sentencing later this month.

“It’s a big day for the victims they are finally going to get their day to talk about what happened to them,” Wagstaffe added.

In a surprise move, Ayres pleaded no contest May 16 to the charges against him just four days into jury selection in his second trial in San Mateo County Superior Court. His first trial ended in a hung jury and subsequent mistrial in 2009.

A former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ayres was arrested on April 6, 2007, at his San Mateo home.

He was charged with nine counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 for allegedly inappropriately touching five boys who had come to him for counseling in the early 1990s.

Prosecutors believe the alleged molestations involved fondling of young patients during “medical” examinations while in counseling sessions with Ayres, during a period from 1991 to 1996. The boys were between the ages of 9 and 13 at the time, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan.

Ayres had a thriving practice treating children patients from the 1960s to 2006, according to the district attorney’s office. He was also called on to evaluate hundreds of cases, including sex offenders, in San Mateo County juvenile court going back to the 1970s.

Ayres was taken into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on a no-bail status.

His sentencing will take place on Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in Department 3, Freeman’s courtroom.

Source: “Former San Mateo Psychiatrist Accused of Decades-Long Molestations Jailed,” Bay City News, August 7, 2013.

Board revokes therapist David Ridley’s license for sexually graphic communications to women

On October 29, 2013, the Idaho State Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists revoked the license of marriage & family therapist David Ridley.

The Board’s document details complaints received by the Board, primarily from females who reported that he contacted them via Facebook, offered and provided therapy services and engaged in sexually graphic and inappropriate communication with the women during their sessions.

The initial complaint to the Board was from another licensed professional counselor from another state who contacted the Board by more than 20 women who shared their experiences with Ridley’s therapy, and provided online transcripts (sessions were carried out online in some cases).

The remainder of the Board’s document contains data about complaint it received about Ridley from eight individuals.

Ridley voluntarily surrendered his license while under investigation but the Board took the disciplinary action of revocation of license and any rights of renewal.

Universal Health Services among defendants in sexual “grooming” suit

PHOENIX (CN) – A medical health technician seduced a mother of six at a psychiatric hospital, then got her to leave her family and “borrowed” $1,000 from her, the woman and her husband claim in court.

Kristiina Wuollet, and her husband Theodore claim that Clarence Copeland, then a medical health technician at Valley Hospital Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Care, began “grooming” Kristiina while she was a patient at the hospital.

They sued Copeland, the hospital, Universal Health Services, and Ascend Health Corp., in Maricopa County Court.

“During the duration that plaintiff Kristiina Wuollet resided at the facility, defendant Copeland began ‘grooming’ her, taking advantage of his position on her treatment team and of her vulnerability, through continuously flattering her and by initiating inappropriate intimate conversations with her,” the lawsuit states.

The Wuollets claim that Copeland’s job required him to “function as an active part of plaintiff’s treatment team, providing continuous patient care, supervision, interaction, and role modeling, and whose work was under the direction and care of a registered nurse.”

When Kristiina was discharged from Valley Hospital, Copeland got her contact information from her patient file and “began sexting with her and engaging her in numerous daily phone conversations,” according to the complaint.

Kristiina left her husband and children shortly after she was discharged, “moved in with defendant Copeland, and continued a sexual affair which had begun during her residency at the facility and continued for approximately eight months,” according to the lawsuit.

Theodore Wuollet says he filed a complaint with Valley Hospital after Kristiina was discharged, “providing evidence of the text message exchanges between his wife and defendant Copeland,” but Valley Hospital failed to respond.

The Wuollets, who have been married since 1987, claim Kristiina “was unable to protect herself from the exploitation she suffered at the hands of defendants.”

Copeland, who is no longer employed by the hospital, “abused his position of trust and ‘borrowed’ $1,000 from plaintiff Kristiina Wuollet, which has not been repaid,” the complaint states.

Copeland continued to contact Kristiina, including one instance “when he called her at her place of work and drove there to talk to her, threatening to move closer to her home so he could see her,” according to the complaint.

Valley Hospital did not respond by press time to a request for comment.

The Wuollets seek damages for breach of fiduciary duty, medical negligence, elder abuse and infliction of emotional distress.

They are represented by Terrence Woods and Marilyn Cage with Broening, Oberg, Woods & Wilson.

Source: Jamie Roos, “Hospital Tech Accused of Seducing Patient,” Courthouse News, August 7, 2013.

State considers reinstating license of psychiatrist convicted of child porn possession?

A former child psychiatrist who was felled by his lust for child pornography and spent time in federal prison is seeking forgiveness from those he betrayed — and a second chance.

And some of the most respected mental-health professionals in the area are rallying behind Dr. James H. Peak, suggesting that the man who served the medical community for nearly two decades deserves redemption.

Peak has petitioned the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for reinstatement of his medical license. A decision may come as soon as September.

“He has struggled with accepting the humiliation of public disclosure, but mostly with the fact that he has let his patients down,” said Michael J. Ramirez, clinical coordinator for the Montana Professional Assistance Program. “I believe that his remorse is genuine and heartfelt. He has paid his debt to society.”

Peak, 51, served just under 10 months in a Seattle federal prison after pleading guilty in August 2011 to possessing child pornography. He had been a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Billings Clinic, the state’s largest hospital, since 1994.

Since his release from prison, Peak has been working to restore not only his medical license but also his reputation and the trust he lost when his double life was exposed.

He is volunteering 20 hours a week at the South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center in Billings, where he is helping update policies and procedures. He has no contact with patients.

As conditions of his probation and his treatment from the state Professional Assistance Program, Peak attends two 12-step programs, one for sex addicts and one for alcoholics. He regularly sees a psychiatrist and a social worker and participates in group therapy. And he attends a peer support group, which includes other licensed medical professionals. He also participates weekly in the Montana Sex Offender Treatment Program.

The court has restricted his contact with children and his use of computers. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender and is subject to random urinalysis and polygraph tests.

Along with the support of the Professional Assistance Program, Peak also has the loyal support of his wife, who is a prominent Billings physician, and their teenage daughter, said Ramirez, the program’s coordinator. Peak’s wife declined to be interviewed for this story.

The assistance program is funded by medical licensing fees and helps physicians and dentists whose practices have been jeopardized by sexual misconduct, substance abuse, psychiatric illness or other issues.

Ramirez said 90 percent of medical professionals who work with MPAP successfully return to practice.

He has been working with Peak since Peak’s arrest in February 2011.

“This man has been to hell and back,” Ramirez said, recalling one of their first meetings when Peak lay in the fetal position on his office floor.

“He is an example of courage, resilience, compassion and strength that will serve him, his future colleagues and patients well,” Ramirez said. “The best disinfectant is sunlight. … He doesn’t have anything to hide. Not anymore.”

Top of the world

From the outside, Peak seemed to have it all. He had a thriving practice serving troubled young patients. Even after his arrest, the parents of several of his patients praised his work, some even saying that Peak’s therapy may have saved their child’s life.

But Peak was battling an escalating addiction to child pornography that he said stretched back 30 years. As early as his own adolescence, he said he recalls being sexually attracted to young boys.

That attraction, he insists, never reached beyond fantasy and child pornography. He said he’s only had sexual relations with two women, all the while knowing something about him was “off.”

“I knew there was something wrong with me,” he said. “And I knew I could never tell anyone.”

He said he was mostly able to keep his inappropriate desires in check until the advent of the Internet, where pornography is more accessible and abundant. After viewing the child pornography he collected, he said he would despise himself, sometimes to the point of throwing away his computer.

He’d then be fine for a three or four months, he said, before caving in again.

Investigators say they found no evidence that Peak ever viewed pornography at work, and polygraph results confirm his insistence that he never touched a child inappropriately.

“I felt the powerful paradox of being a really good doctor, wanting to help people — and wanting to protect children — and this darker part of me that I tried to keep walled off,” Peak said.

“It was incredibly painful to discover that I was utilizing pornography that took advantage of children,” he said. “To become the thing I didn’t want to be was extraordinarily painful.”

His secret life began to unravel when a pornographic advertisement featuring little boys arrived in his mailbox. He contacted an FBI agent he knew about the ad and was told to contact a U.S. postal inspector.

The ad, it turns out, was part of a federal investigation. Peak’s illicit Internet activities had apparently come to the attention of federal authorities.

When he was later confronted by authorities, he consented to a search of his home and, according to court testimony, was “extremely helpful” in collecting and identifying evidence, including credit card statements confirming his purchases of child pornography.

“I’d like to say I turned myself in,” Peak said. “I didn’t do that. I didn’t have the courage to do that. I had to get forced into it.”

Peak, who said he was once suicidal, sees that initial call to the FBI as a cry for help. Deep down, he wanted to be caught.

“I was miserable,” Peak said. “I couldn’t go on like this. I was drinking a lot. I was an alcoholic. I was trying to medicate the pain of this illness.”

The most difficult part of his conviction was not the nine months and 18 days he spent in prison, he said. It was all the people he let down. He had patients he cared about and had fostered relationships of trust with.

Then, one day he was gone. Literally.

“I fell off the face of the earth,” he said. “I can never apologize for that enough. I feel bad about that every day.”

Many of his young patients were in need of therapy because they had been betrayed by adults. He struggles with whether he, too, has become another adult who let them down.

“When I’m in a bad mood, when I’m in my bad place, I become another one of those people, which is very difficult,” he said.

The road back

Peak realizes he will never be able to work with children again, but said he still has much to contribute as a practicing psychiatrist.

Other mental-health professionals agree, including Barbara Mettler, executive director of the Mental Health Center, where Peak is volunteering to update policies.

“We are a mental-health center,” Mettler emphasized. “We believe that with help, people can recover and get better. If we don’t provide opportunities for people to do that, who’s going to? I implicitly believe him when he says he has never touched a child. I think that’s worth giving this man a chance.”

Another advocate and mentor is Dr. Thomas Van Dyk, a psychiatrist and medical director at the Mental Health Center who encouraged Peak’s volunteer work there.

Van Dyk has known Peak for 18 years and said that with the exception of his prison term, he has met with him every week since his arrest. He describes Peak as an “excellent” psychiatrist and hopes he can eventually join the staff at the Mental Health Center.

“I’m proud of him for coming forward and working to get himself back in order,” Van Dyk said.

Before entering federal prison in Seattle, Peak was referred for a comprehensive psychosexual evaluation and treatment at a Texas facility that specializes in treating health care professionals. Reports from his treatment team indicated that he was a model patient and extremely motivated for change.

Michael D. Sullivan is director of the Billings-based South Central Treatment Associates, which specializes in the evaluation and treatment of juvenile and adult sex offenders and victims. He said that while there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, sex offenders can be rehabilitated. Much depends on the nature of the individual’s problem, he said.

The success of rehabilitation depends on several factors that include the makeup of an individual’s personality, his or her adaptive skills, the nature of the problem, and what he has done in terms of getting treatment.

“There are a lot of offenders deemed low-risk who are treatable and go on to lead productive lives,” Sullivan said.

Research also shows that the rates of recidivism for online offenders are relatively low when compared with average rates of recidivism found for hands-on sexual offenders.

As Peak awaits a decision on the reinstatement of his license, he is aware he has critics. None will be harsher on him than he is on himself.

“Jim Peak is having a difficult time forgiving Jim Peak,” MPAP’s Ramirez said. “That’s the hardest lesson, and it’s taking some time.”

Source: Cindy Uken, “Former child psychiatrist convicted for child porn seeks redemption,” Billings Gazette, August 3, 2013.

Suit alleges psychiatrist took nude photos of 14-year-old patient

A young woman is suing a Halifax psychiatrist for allegedly taking nude photos of her during the course of an appointment with him.

The claimant, who was about 14 years old at the time, went to Dr. Curtis Steele for treatment of “attention deficient and depressive symptoms” in 2003, a statement of claim filed in Nova Scotia Supreme Court alleges.

“During their last appointment, the defendant informed the plaintiff that he was a photographer,” the claim filed Thursday alleges.

“(Steele) asked the plaintiff if she would do some modelling for him. … At the inducement of the defendant, the plaintiff got completely undressed while he left the room,” the claim alleges.

“The defendant returned several minutes later and proceeded to take photographs of the plaintiff’s fully nude body in his office.”

The girl got dressed; before leaving, Steele advised her not to tell anyone, the claim alleges.

She never went back to Steele, states the claim.

The woman is suing the doctor for treating her in a “sexually inappropriate manner” and alleges her psychiatric treatment “fell below the knowledge, competence and skill of a similarly qualified psychiatrist,” according to the court papers.

Her lawyers, Wagners of Halifax, also allege she suffered harm because of the incident.

“The power entrusted in psychiatrists, particularly psychiatrists of children in need of care, must not be used in corrupt ways,” lawyer Mike Dull wrote in the claim.

“The defendant was to provide a place of sanctity, nurture and trust.”

The woman alleges a breach of fiduciary duty and is seeking aggravated, punitive and exemplary damages, the claim states.

The claimant, now in her mid-20s, did not want to speak to the media when contacted through her lawyer Thursday.

Reached Thursday, Steele said he was not aware of the statement of claim.

“I don’t want to comment until I’ve been notified,” he said.

The allegations have not been proven in court, and Steele has not yet filed a defence.

Source: Eva Hoare, “Woman sues psychiatrist over photos,” Herald News, August 1, 2013.