Monthly Archives: January 2019

Police Charge Winnipeg Child Psych Gary Shady with Possession of Child Porn

A Winnipeg child psychologist who works with kids and trains medical students has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Winnipeg police announced Thursday they had laid the charge against Gary Anthony Shady, 72.

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Looks kinda Shady to me…

The charge comes after police allege child sexual abuse imagery was uploaded to an online storage and computing service. The provider notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States, who contacted their Canadian counterparts and Winnipeg police who began investigating in early October.

Officers arrested Shady on Wednesday at a Fort Rouge home and allege they found an electronic device displaying child sexual abuse images in the home. “At this time it’s not immediately clear where these images are from. Certainly, they’re concerning,” said Winnipeg police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray.

Shady is a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority employee and has patients at the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre and Health Sciences Centre, said WRHA spokesperson Amy McGuinness.

Placed on leave at the WRHA

McGuinness said Shady’s work primarily involves children, youth, young adults and families. She said after the WRHA learned about the charge, health officials placed him on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“Staff at both HSC and MATC will be reaching out to Dr. Shady’s current patients and their families in the coming days to provide support and information on plans to transition their care to other clinicians,” McGuinness said, adding the WRHA is actively co-operating with police in their investigation.

Police allege Gary Anthony Shady uploaded child sexual abuse images to an online storage service. (Instagram)

University of Manitoba spokesperson John Danakas said Shady provided clinical training to medical students at a clinic/ treatment centre off-campus this year and gave at least one two-hour on-campus session.

Murray said after officers executed their search, they seized other devices which detectives are now searching through. He said their work could take months.”There’s a lot of investigation that goes forward. You can imagine, even just thinking of your own computers at home, how much data is on them, so investigators now have to go through that information with a fine tooth comb and see if any other images are located.”

Dr. Alan Slusky, registrar for the Psychological Association of Manitoba, said while he was unable to comment on this case specifically, registered psychologists in Manitoba are obliged to conduct themselves in accordance with a detailed code of ethics and professional standards.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and given the recency of this news we are gathering information as quickly as we can,” he said in an email.

Tourette Canada responded, saying they were “shocked” to learn of the allegations. The organization said Shady did not work for it but at one time was an advisor for its Winnipeg Chapter.

The organization said effective immediately Shady has no involvement with its Winnipeg chapter.

Shady couldn’t be reached for comment on Thursday.

Source: “Winnipeg child psychologist arrested in child porn bust,” CBC News, October 11, 2018, URL: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/child-porn-images-arrest-doctor-1.4858633

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VA Psychiatrist Domingo Cerra-Fernandez Suspended for Patient Sex

On October 3, 2018, the New York State Department of Health’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct (“NY Board”) issued a Consent Order suspending the license of psychiatirst Domingo Cerra-Fernandez for two years and stayed the entire suspension. The NY Board also fined him $2,500.

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Cerra Fernandez

The Board’s document states that this action was taken in response to a disciplinary action that The Florida Medical Board (“FL Board”) took against Cerra-Fernandez. On September 27, 2017, the FL Board suspended Cerra-Fernandez for six months for having engaged in sexual misconduct with a patient. The FL Board also imposed upon him an administrative fine of $20,000 and ordered him to reimburse its investigative costs of $9,959.89.

According to the FL Board’s documents, Cerra-Fernandez, who works at the Veteran’s Administration’s Ocallaghan VA Outpatient Clinic in Ocala, treated patient “M.W.” from 2002 to April 2012 for depression, anxiety, anorexia, bulimia, and other issues. In or around October 2011, he requested that he and M.W. start a romantic relationship, and she agreed. Between October 2011 and April 2012, Cerra-Fernandez and M.W. dated and had inappropriate contact by email, text, and telephone.

In October 2011, Cerra-Fernandez requested that M.W. inform his office that she did not want to be treated by him anymore. His patient records indicate on October 20, 2011, that M.W. was going to find another physician in her healthcare network, and she was requesting that Cerra-Fernandez write her prescriptions for thirty days.

However, they did not follow Cerra-Fernandez’s plan. Rather, he continued to treat M.W. from October 2011 through April 2012, while also maintaining a romantic relationship with her.

The FL Board determined that Cerra-Fernandez “used his professional physician-patient relationship as treating psychiatrist to engage or attempt to engage in, or to induce or attempted to induce the patient to engage in, verbal or physical sexual activity outside the scope of the professional practice of medicine.”

Source: Consent Order in the Matter of Domingo Cerra-Fernandez, M.D., BPMC NO. 18-217, New York State Dept. of Health, October 3, 2018 and Final Order, Dept. of Health vs. Domingo Cerra-Fernandez, M.D., DOH Case No. 2015-27897, License No. ME0040308, State of Florida Board of Medicine, February 28, 2018.

Nebraska Psychologist Amy Chatelain Loses License for Sex with Patient

On August 30, 2018, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services revoked the license of psychologist Amy L. Chatelain for two years.

According to the Board’s documents, Chatelain engaged in sexual intercourse with one of her psychotherapy patients. Specifically, the Board’s Petition states that shebegan providing care to “Client A” in May 2016 for depression and suicidal ideation. The therapeutic relationship then ended on August 30, 2017. Chatelain advised a Department Investigator that her relationship with the patient progressed to a “friendship” between August and September 2017.

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NE psychologist Amy Chatelain

In September 2017, the patient contacted Chatelain and requested to resume therapy, which she provided between September 21 and 25. Chatelain admitted to having sexual intercourse with the patient approximately five to seven times between November 2017 and January 2018.

Chatelain remained in contact with the patient when he entered inpatient treatment, during which time she advised him to delete evidence of their relationship from his phone, computer, and online accounts.

Source: Order on Agreed Settlement, Agreed Settlement, and Petition for Disciplinary Action, State of Nebraska ex rel. Douglas J. Peterson, Attorney General vs. Amy Chatelain, 181368 PSY, State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, August 30, 2018.

After First Counseling Session with Psychologist Michael Doyle, College Student Discovers His History of Sexual Misconduct

A Memorial University (MUN) student says others have a right to know that a psychologist working at the school’s counselling centre was once suspended for sexual misconduct.

“I just want community awareness. I want people to know who he is and what he’s done,” said Eve Naji, a second-year student at the university’s St. John’s campus.

Naji said she booked an appointment at MUN’s Student Wellness and Counselling Centre for help coping with anxiety.

The MUN Student Wellness and Counselling Centre sits on the 5th Floor of the University Centre. (CBC)

She said she had a 30-minute session with Michael Doyle, a psychologist at the centre and professor at the university. The appointment took place in a private room, with the door closed, and she said she emerged feeling positive about the experience.

“I felt really good about the appointment, because he was very professional and nice. So I thought that I was going to get the help that I need,” she said.

But that changed when she Googled him, she said.

Told student he wished he could be her ‘bed buddy’

The first result that came up was a CBC News article from 2009, detailing a Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board (NLPB) tribunal report.

The report said Doyle pleaded guilty to professional misconduct at a board tribunal and admitted wrongdoing with a female student in his care between 2001 and 2005 while working at the university’s counselling centre.

Suspended psychologist asked to be patient’s ‘bed buddy,’ report shows

The tribunal found that Doyle had inappropriately touched the patient and refused to end contact with her when she halted therapy.

He also told the student he wished he could be her “bed buddy” and viewed “erotic material” with her, the report said.

The NLPB suspended Doyle from practicing for four months.

Doyle sought treatment from both a psychiatrist and a psychologist, the report said.

‘I felt lied to and betrayed’

As Naji read the article, she said she was “furious.”

“I felt lied to and I felt betrayed,” she said.

“I thought that people … had the right to know because I didn’t know, and I just spent 30 minutes alone in a room with him, by myself, not knowing who he was or what he had done.”

“There’s no way I’m going back to him or to the Wellness Centre.”

– Eve Naji

She said MUN has an obligation to let students know about Doyle’s past before they accept appointments with him, and she posted about her experience at the centre and about Doyle’s past on social media.

“Students have the right to know of who he is and what he has done. If MUN doesn’t want to say it, then I will.”

Registered psychologist

Sean Cadigan, MUN’s associate academic vice-president, issued a statement Friday saying that after the tribunal decision, the university signed a memorandum of understanding with the faculty association outlining sanctions against Doyle.

Naji says she wants to create awareness for the rest of the MUN community. (CBC)

Once the stipulations of the MOU were completed, Doyle returned to his full duties as a psychologist for the university, the statement said.

Cadigan directed CBC News to the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board, saying Doyle is a registered psychologist with the province.

“The [NLPB] regulates the practice of psychologists in the province and has investigative and disciplinary capacity,” his statement read.

“Anyone with a concern about a registered psychologist can make a complaint to the board.”

CBC News asked the NLPB for comment and the board said it had forwarded the request to its lawyers.

As for Naji, she said she’ll be looking elsewhere for help with her anxiety.

“There’s no way I’m going back to him or to the wellness centre.”

Source: “Psychologist’s past sexual misconduct should be disclosed, says MUN student,” CBC News, October 6, 2018, URL: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mun-psychologist-sexual-misconduct-past-1.4853078

Danish Psychiatrist Kim Eisenreich, 3rd Conviction for Patient Sex — Prison and Loses License

(Translated from Danish)

For years now, 52-year-old psychiatrist Kim Eisenreich used a former patient’s mental illness to have sex with her.

A court in Glostrup convicted him Friday, and sentenced him to imprisonment for 15 months.

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Psychiatrist Kim Eisenreich (aka Jorgen Holtz)

This is the third time that the psychiatrist has been convicted for engaging in sex with vulnerable patients.

In 2011, he was sentenced to one year in prison in Norway for sexually abusing a female patient while practicing under his former name, Kim Jørgen Holtz.

And in April 2017, he received a new sentenced of three months in Aarhus (second largest city in Denmark) for abuse of his position in order to have had sex with a patient over a 10-month period.

The punishment from Aarhus, confirmed by the Vestre Landsret, came on Friday in the current verdict, because the perpetrators in the two cases overlapped each other.

Therefore, the court in Glostrup judged a total sentence of 15 months in prison. The judge had Eisenreich taken into custody immediately after the sentence was read.

The court in Glostrup found that during a five-year period (2011-2016), Eisenreich  took advantage of a now 55-year-old woman’s mental illness for sex.

According to the accusation, Eisenreich had in many cases acquired sexual intercourse and other sexual relations with the woman in different places.

“To exploit a person’s mental illness for a sexual relationship is very serious and fortunately also very unusual. I am very pleased that the court has chosen to follow the prosecutor in this case,” said senior prosecutor Peter Rask.

Eisenreich explained in court that it was a love relationship, but the woman had a different view, explaining that she felt like a robot that mechanically followed the wishes of the psychiatrist. And the court has largely chosen to accept her testimony for the verdict.

Danish law prohibits anyone from exploiting the frailty of retarded and mentally ill to obtain sex. The fact that Eisenberg was the woman’s psychiatrist was not necessarily material to the case.

“The insanity and the mentally retarded, they need society’s protection,” it said, among other things, from prosecutor Peter Rask at Friday’s hearing.

The National Board of Health has today deprived him of his authorization as a doctor.

Source: “Psykiater sex-domt for rredge gang,” B.T., September 21, 2018, URL: https://www.bt.dk/krimi/psykiater-sex-doemt-for-tredje-gang

School Psychiatrist Sex Case Settled for $80 Million

On September 13, 2018, a state judge officially approved an $80 million settlement between Kamehameha Schools and dozens of former students who were sexually assaulted decades ago.

Probate Judge Mark Browning approved the deal Friday afternoon, which will trigger the first payments to the victims in the next two weeks.

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Psychiatrist Robert Brown

“It’s in the best interest of Kamehameha Schools, the Bishop Estate Trust to have this ended and there needs to be closure for these victims,” Browning said, during a hearing on Sept. 13.

More than 30 victims, many of them now in their 50s and 60s, sued the school and St. Francis Medical Center, saying they were sexually molested by former St. Francis psychiatrist Robert Browne decades ago.

Browne, who committed suicide in 1991, was the head of psychiatry at the hospital.

St. Francis now is appealing the settlement, which could take years to resolve.

But in court documents, Kamehameha Schools’ trustees called the appeal a delay tactic.

“The effect of Saint Francis’ appeal is to threaten

to delay … the distribution of settlement proceeds,” wrote Kamehameha Schools attorney Crystal Rose.

“This not acceptable to the trustees.”

Under the settlement, the victims will share $65 million in the first year, minus legal fees. The rest will be paid out over the next two years.

Source: “Judge approved $80M in Kamehameha School sex abuse settlement,” Hawaii News Now, September 24, 2018, URL: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/39163145/judge-approves-80m-kamehameha-schools-sex-abuse-settlement/