Category Archives: mental health

Accused pimp psychologist Alexander Marino found, arrested

An Exeter (New Hampshire) psychologist charged with running a prostitution ring in Portsmouth turned himself in to police today.

Alexander Marino, who has an office at 24 Front St. in Exeter, has been wanted by police since Saturday. He faces prostitution and drug charges.

Marino, 38, is now being held on $16,000 bail. He will likely appear in court tomorrow.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Marino Saturday after an investigation alleged he allowed a prostitution operation to be run out of his apartment at 595 Sagamore Ave. in Portsmouth.

Last week Portsmouth police arrested a woman on a prostitution charge when they discovered her in Marino’s apartment with drugs. A man who was also in the apartment climbed out a window and jumped while holding an opened condom, according to Portsmouth police Capt. Corey MacDonald.

Police also arrested Jim Parra, 22, of Kittery, Maine, who turned himself in Saturday.

Police said the prostitution operation may extend into Manchester and the Portsmouth, Maine area. It was advertised on the website http://www.backpage.com, police said.

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Psychologist by day, pimp by night; police searching for Alexander Marino

Police are hunting for an Exeter psychologist accused of being involved in a prostitution operation in Portsmouth (New Hampshire).

Alexander Marino, 38, is wanted on several charges. He’s a licensed clinical psychologist with an office at 24 Front St. in Exeter.

Portsmouth police said Marino allowed a prostitution operation to be run out of his apartment, located at a complex at 565 Sagamore Ave., Apt. 4, in Portsmouth.

Police said women would meet male clients at the complex’s pool and take them to Marino’s apartment. Other men would arrive in taxi cabs, police said.

Police said they were tipped off to the alleged operation by “community complaints.”

Officers conducted a surveillance operation of Marino’s apartment on Thursday and detected drug use. As officers closed in, a man climbed out of a window and jumped while holding an opened condom, according to Portsmouth police Capt. Corey MacDonald.

Officers then arrested Brooke Parent, 22, of Manchester, on a prostitution charge.

In addition to Marino, police are also looking for Jim Para, 22, of Kittery, Maine who is wanted on a prostitution charge. Marino is wanted for prostitution and marijuana possession.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts can call Seacoast Crime Stoppers at 603-431-1199.

Police said the prostitution operation may extend into Manchester and the Portsmouth, Maine area. It was advertised on the website http://www.backpage.com, police said.

Source: Jason Claffey, “Psychologist by Day; Pimp by Night, Police Say,” Exeter Patch, August 5, 2012.

Report suggests child psychiatrist faked dementia to avoid molestation retrial

A California child psychiatrist charged with sexually molesting five of his patients faked Alzheimer’s disease to avoid a retrial, a prosecutor says.

William Ayres, 80, of San Mateo, former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, appeared at a court hearing Friday in shackles and a prison jumpsuit, the San Jose Mercury News reported. He was in a wheelchair.

Ayres was committed to Napa State Hospital last year. In 2009, a jury deadlocked on sexual abuse charges filed against him.

Deputy District Attorney Melissa McKowan said a report by John McIlnay, a psychologist working for the state of California, suggests Ayres faked the symptoms of dementia and was able to use his knowledge of the field to get past tests meant to discover malingering. Judge John Grandsaert has sealed the report.

“I am skeptical of anything the doctor has done up to this point,” McKowan said after the hearing. “Based on the report, we have reason to believe this whole thing was a hoax and we have been duped.”

Grandsaert scheduled a full hearing Oct. 1 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

Source: “Report: Psychiatrist faked dementia,” UPI, August 4, 2012

Alberta government seeking other sexual assault victims of psychiatrist Aubrey Levin

The Alberta government is quietly trying to find out if there may be more alleged victims of a Calgary psychiatrist already charged with sexually assaulting some patients.

CBC News has learned that Alberta Justice has recently sent out letters to defence lawyers, asking for help from their clients.

Dr. Aubrey Levin, who was used as a forensic psychiatrist by Alberta courts for years, was charged earlier this year with sexually assaulting 21 male patients.

One of the letters arrived at the office of Calgary lawyer Adriano Iovinelli.

“This is the first time in 16 years that we’ve ever seen [such a letter],” said Iovinelli. “This is unprecedented.”

‘Significant position of power’

The letter was sent to lawyers whose clients had been ordered by the court to see Levin “on many occasions.” It states: “If you have any concerns about Dr. Levin in his professional capacity, you may also wish to contact the Calgary Police Service.”

Alberta Justice said that so far, 59 such letters had been sent out.

“Our primary concern is to see that justice is done,” said David Dear, spokesman for the ministry. “Was there any chance that in these cases, from what we can find in the file, that there was anything inappropriate … that may have improperly influenced the outcome?”

Levin, 72, was employed by the courts on numerous occasions where those convicted were ordered to see him before a judge passed sentence.

“It’s a court-ordered report,” said Iovinelli. “So imagine being an accused and you are looking at a further period of incarceration, a significant period of incarceration, and the opinion of this particular doctor may determine that effect.

“It’s a very significant position of power.”

Twenty-one men have alleged they were sexually assaulted by Levin during court-ordered psychiatric assessments or counselling sessions, either in his office at the Peter Lougheed hospital in Calgary or in examination rooms.

Linked to apartheid electroshock therapy

Levin is not unfamiliar with controversy.

While a colonel in the South African military under apartheid in the 1970s, he was linked to the use of electroshock aversion therapy, now widely discredited, that was supposed to “cure” gays and lesbians of their homosexuality.

Levin’s activities were brought up during South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but he was never prosecuted for them.

The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons, which licensed him in the 1990s, said Levin remains under suspension until his criminal charges are dealt with.

Calgary police won’t say if more people have come forward as a result of the letters sent by Alberta Justice.

Nor will the government say how many more people will be contacted, only that Levin was employed by the courts for nearly 13 years.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Levin in June 2011.

Source: “Albert seeks patients of courtroom psychiatrist,” CBC News, December 22, 2010.

State fines psychologist Brent Roderick Smith; took “redemptive” approach with colleague who engaged in sex with patient

On August 19, 2010, the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Professions (MDCH) imposed a $1,000 fine upon psychologist and professional counselor Brent Roderick Smith for violation of general duty/negligence.

According to the MDCH, in November 2008, Smith counseled a mother and her two children (a son and daughter), as well as supervised a licensed professional counselor named Brent Chilcote.

In late November of that year the daughter told the mother that she’d been involved in a sexual relationship with Chilcote when she was receiving counseling from him. Chilcote admitted the relationship when confronted about it by Smith in early December 2008.

Smith advised the mother he would not report Chilcote to the MDCH, but rather would take a “redemptive” approach to the situation.  Smith urged the mother to believe in redemption and forgiveness.

In Spring 2009, after becoming aware that Chilcote was slated to provide counseling services at a local school, the mother shared with Smith information she’d heard about the possibility that Chilcote may have committed indiscretions with other patients and her concern for the school children he would be in contact with.

Smith dismissed her concerns and advised he would stil not report Chilcote to the MDCH.  During and October 2009 meeting with an MDCH investigator, Smith advised that he did not believe he was required to report Chilcote’s conduct and advised that as his supervisor, he believed he appropriately dealt with the situation (the “redemptive” approach).

Source: Consent Order and Stipulation in the Matter of Brent Roderick Smith, Psy.D., License No. 63-01-008782, Complaint No. 63-09-119939, State of Michigan Department of Community Health.

“Dr. Bob” Weathers, Los Angeles “life coach” lost license to practice psychology

On February 24, 2010 the California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Psychology accepted the surrender of Robert Stanley Weathers, Ph.D.’s license to practice psychology.

According to the Board’s Accusation and Stipulated Surrender of License and Order, Weathers engaged in a sexual relationship with a former patient who he later married and subsequently abandoned.

The Accusation states that between November 1, 2002 and December 10, 2002, “S.W.,” a female, was an in-patient at the Passages drug rehabilitation facility in Malibu, California, to receive treatment for her cocaine use.  Weathers was her primary therapist and met with her twice a week for therapy.  S.W. developed a crush on Weathers early in her therapy.  He became aware of this when another female patient told him that S.W. liked him.

After Weathers learned of S.W.’s attraction, their next therapy session was on the beach, where he told her he was aware of her attraction.  The document states that he told her they could not begin a romantic relationship for two years without risking disciplinary action (according to state law governing the conduct of certain professions).

He told her he had been romantically involved with a graduate student while he was a professor at Pepperdine University [and] lost his professorship and tenure as a result.

He told her he had been romantically involved with a graduate student while he was a professor at Pepperdine University.  He ended up leaving her and she reported their relationship to the Dean, who subsequently asked for Weather’s resignation.  Weathers lost his professorship and tenure as a result of the relationship.

S.W. completed her treatment at Passages and went home to New Hampshire.  Soon after, they began to correspond via e-mail.  Their friendly exchanges continued until February 2003, when the message became more intimate.  Soon after, she flew back to California where they visited.  Sexual intercourse ensued.  This was only two months after the conclusion of the patient-therapist relationship.  In December 2003, Weathers resigned from Passages and moved to New Hampshire and moved in with S.W. and her children.  They were engaged on February 14, 2005 and married February 14, 2006.  During the entire period, Weathers engaged in sexual intercourse with S.W.  In October 2006, Weathers flew to California to work at Passages for a week and had what S.W. described as a “meltdown,” after which he told S.W. he really wanted to move back to California.  Weathers left S.W. in January 2007.  Later that year, they talked about getting back together.  S.W. had arranged for them to attend some sort of marriage therapy in Seattle, Washington.  Weathers told her that he would attend the therapy but then backed out.

 

Source: Accusation and Stipulated Surrender of License and Order in the Matter of the Accusation Against Robert Weathers, Ph.D., Case No. 1F-2008-190012, Before the Board of Psychology, Department of Consumer Affairs, State of California.