Monthly Archives: October 2013

Counselor suspended for sex with client

On July 7, 2013, the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) suspended the license of counselor Scott D. Hale. The DoH’s findings of fact state that Hale reported to his employer and the DoH that engaged in sexual intercourse three times with a client whom he was counseling for childhood sexual abuse.

State suspends social worker Marisha J. Hart license for sex with patient’s guardian

On November 7, 2012, the North Carolina Social Work Certification & Licensure Board revoked clinical social worker Marisha J. Hart’s license for five years.

The Board’s document states that the Board received a complaint alleging that Hart was engaged in a dual relationship with guardian/aunt of a former client who was a minor.

The Board’s investigation substantiated that Hart provided services to the minor with active involvement from the person who filed the complaint and that Hart entered into a sexual relationship with the complainant.

Social worker Steve L. Weston reprimanded for physical contact with patient

On September 7, 2012, the North Carolina Social Work Certification & Licensure Board reprimanded clinical social worker Steve L. Weston. The Board’s document states that Weston engaged in unwanted physical contact with a client.

The Board’s investigation found that Weston had agreed to meet with a client after hours to provide her with a letter for her use in obtaining a restraining order against her abusive husband and that while reviewing the letter, the client became distraught, hysterical and anxious and that, in an effort to calm the client, Weston hugged the client and kissed her on the forehead.

Psychiatrist Dham Gupta suspended; sought patients’ help in finding girl to pay for sex

On June 24, 2013, the New York State Department of Health State Board for Professional Medical Conduct suspended the license of psychiatrist Dham Gupta for 12 months. The Board’s document states that the following charges against Gupta were sustained: Failure to maintain records, moral unfitness, negligence and gross negligence. These charges relate, in part, to Gupta’s attempts to enlist the help of his patients to find a white girl who would have sex with him for money, per the Board’s document. After his initial request, Gupta followed up with the patients, calling on several occasions to find out the status of his request. Gupta did not deny making these requests of his patients.

Clinical social worker Bradley Dent loses license following criminal sex charge involving minor

On January 10, 2013, the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board revoked the license of clinical social worker Bradley Dent.

The Board’s document states that in approximately September of 2012, Dent was arrested and charged with a sexual offense involving a minor, indecent liberties with a minor and other related charges.

Dent was subsequently suspended from his position as an elementary school teacher and suspended as well from his position as a part-time therapist with a counseling center.

In November 2012, he was facing a total of six counts of sexual abuse and was subsequently hospitalized in a mental health facility following a suicide attempt.

In December, additional charges of sexual abuse were made against him and he was returned to jail.

Psychiatrist Joseph Bargellini gets probation for asking patient sexual questions

On February 2, 2013, the New York Department of Health suspended psychiatrist Joseph Bargellini for three years, stayed the suspension, and placed his license on probation with a practice monitor for the duration of the suspension period.

Bargellini was found to have committed professional misconduct for, among other things, asking inappropriate questions of a sexual nature and making inappropriate comments of a sexual nature to both a female patient and a female co-employee.

He was also found to have committed moral unfitness in that he lied on an employment application for hospital privileges, knowingly concealing two previous employment terminations.

Psychologist Stephen F. Kreft suspended for patient sex

On May 28, 2013, the Psychology Tribunal of New South Wales reprimanded Stephen Frank Kreft and suspended him for six months for, among other things, engaging in improper or unethical conduct.

The Tribunal’s document states that Kreft failed to observe proper professional boundaries in relation to a female client he treated in early- to mid-2008, to whom he made comments about her physical appearance and solicited comments from her about his; disclosed details about his love life and sex life and other personal details.

The document also states that he failed to observe proper boundaries with another female client whom he treated in 2006, with whom he ultimately entered into a personal and sexual relationship.

The Tribunal additionally placed various conditions on Kreft’s license and he was required to pay Health Care Complaints Commission’s costs of $60,000.