Monthly Archives: January 2014

Psychiatrist admits sexual affair with patient…after her death

A PSYCHIATRIST denied an affair with a vulnerable patient only to admit to it after her death, a tribunal has heard.

Dr Andrew McBride was twice investigated over the “intimate and sexual” 2003 to 2010 affair, it heard.

But the addiction specialist later admitted the affair through solicitors, Hugh Davies for the General Medical Council (GMC) told the tribunal.

He said Dr McBride – later sacked over the affair – met the un-named “vulnerable” woman in 2003 when she was 48, at Oxford’s Rectory Centre. She had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, depression and “emotionally unstable personality disorder” he said.

She made a complaint about him in 2004 and – despite withdrawing allegations the next day – sparked an investigation which found “no evidence of professional misconduct” but limited Dr McBride’s contact with her.

Dr McBride stopped treating the woman in 2005 but continued to prescribe sedative diazepam until her death, it is alleged.

After her death he admitted wrongdoing but said she “pursued” him, adding: “She must have caught me in a very vulnerable place.”

He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient, prescribing more than standard doses of medication and not keeping medical records of contact with her.

He has not attended or made admissions to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester, which started on Wednesday.

It also alleged he prescribed painkiller pethidine to another woman, failed to take steps to manage risk posed by a violent man to staff and giving a drug against advice to another and failing to record their alcohol use.

Oxford Health NHS Trust said Dr McBride worked for the specialist community addiction service from 2002 to 2011, when it suspended him after it said it received “clear information” of a relationship.

A spokesman said: “As a consequence of the investigation Dr McBride was dismissed by the trust and the matter was referred to the GMC.”

The hearing continues.

Source:  “Psychiatrist had affair with vulnerable patient,” Oxford Mail, January 25, 2014.

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Psychiatrist charged with fondling patients in guise of blood pressure check

The Bucks County district attorney’s office said 42-year-old Dr. Basem Shlewiet of Buckingham was arrested late Thursday afternoon and charged with multiple counts of corruption of minors, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor.

Action News was on the scene as Shlewiet was leaving his arraignment hearing; he tried to hide his face with his coat jacket and would not answer questions.

Doylestown police said they received reports from three separate young women from April to December 2013 alleging Shlewiet touched them inappropriately in his Doylestown office on the unit block of North Franklin.

Basem Schlewiet PHOTO 3Complainant #3, a 14-year-old, says during her visit, the doctor asked how often she had sexual intercourse. She told him it was none of his business.

He then told her to lie down on the couch so he could check her blood pressure. He later reached under her shirt and placed his hands on her left breast.

As she was leaving, with her father waiting in the lobby, the doctor called her over and said, ‘No, no, no, what happens in my office, stays in my office.’ He said this in a ‘creepy tone’ and then winked at her.

The other two complainants, a 17-year-old and a woman who was 22 at the time, told similar stories which began with him needing to check their blood pressure.

The 17-year-old says he told her to lie down on the couch because her blood pressure was high. The affidavit of probable cause says the defendant then placed his hand between her legs and reached inside her clothes. He later advised her that her blood pressure had gone down and that it must have been the massage that caused the change.

Dr. Shlewiet, a married father of 3 young children, was ordered held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10% of 250,000 bail.

The district attorney’s office is asking anyone else who believes they have been subject to inappropriate contact with Shlewiet to contact police.

Source: “Doylestown psychiatrist charged with fondling 3 patients,” Action News 6abc.com (Philadelphia, PA), January 23, 2014.

Psychologist Beth Grosshans suspended for sex with patient

On August 5, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners suspended the license of psychologist Beth A. Grosshans for one year.

The Board’s document states that Grosshans entered into a personal intimate and sexual relationship with a former patient with two years of the termination of the therapeutic relationship, despite receiving professional counsel to not do so.

She was also required to pay a $10,000 civil penalty.

ISU psychologist Cara Hale loses license for sex with grad student

On April 3, 2013, psychologist Cara Hale (fka Cara Armstrong) surrendered her license to the Iowa Board of Psychology. The Board’s statement of charges states that, among other things, Hale, while employed as a senior staff psychologist at Iowa State University (ISU), engaged in a sexual relationship with a male graduate student while supervising/mentoring him and confided personal information to another graduate student about her husband, who was also a professor at ISU and also the student’s instructor.

Social worker Brenda Venneri suspended for sex with client

On October 21, 2013, the Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board suspended the license of professional counselor Rebecca Venneri. The Board’s document states that Venneri was disciplined by the licensing authority of Pennsylvania, which suspended her alcohol and drug counseling license for one year after finding that, among other things, she’d engaged in an exploitative relationship with client, including sexual contact with the client.

Social worker agrees board has evidence of sex with client

On December 12, 2013, marriage & family therapist Craig Edwards surrendered his license to the Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board. Edwards provided marriage counseling services to a married couple and later began an intimate relationship with the wife. Edwards neither admitted nor denied sexual conduct with the client but agreed that there was evidence from which the Board could conclude that he had.

Psychiatrist Joseph Jurand sentenced for sexual abuse

CHARLES TOWN – A psychiatrist who pleaded guilty last year to
having inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl was
sentenced to five years of probation Monday during a sentencing
hearing in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Joseph Anthony Jurand, 61, of Shepherdstown Pike, Shenandoah
Junction, was originally scheduled to be sentenced last month, but the
hearing was postponed until Monday.

Jurand pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to one count of an indictment charging
him with misdemeanor third-degree sexual abuse as part of a plea
agreement.

The remaining counts of an indictment returned in May by a Jefferson
County grand jury, charging Jurand with two counts of felony thirddegree
sexual assault, were dismissed.

Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Hassan Rasheed said
Monday that Jurand was also ordered to complete 500 hours of
community service and will be required to register for life as a
convicted sex offender with the states sex offender registry as part of
the sentencing agreement.

Jurand is barred from having any contact with the girl or her family.
According to court records, Jurand met the victim while she was
participating in a Shepherdstown community theater group.

Source: Edward Marshall, “Psychiatrist sentenced to five years probation for sexual abuse conviction,” The Journal, January 6, 2014.