Category Archives: sex offender

State charges psychiatrist Richard J. Pines with sex abuse of children

The Idaho State Board of Medicine has filed a complaint against a Boise child and adolescent psychiatrist alleging he had improper sexual contact with four former patients or foster children and had a three-year affair with an adult patient to whom he was prescribing painkillers.

The complaint against Dr. Richard J. Pines was filed on June 28 and alleges abuses dating back to June 2001. He has denied the allegations in his response to the board. Pines’ attorney, David Cantrill, declined comment.

The board is seeking a hearing on whether Pines’ license should be suspended or revoked or if he should face other punishment. No criminal charges have been filed.

The board’s complaint alleges that in two cases Pines told young men he needed to practice giving massages to naked bodies to maintain his medical license and improperly touched them, including one who was 14.

Pines acknowledged taking naked pictures of another patient who was about 14 while they were at Pines’ cabin in Garden Valley and acknowledged taking money to that patient before Pines was interviewed by Boise police in March 2011, the board’s complaint alleges.

In January 2011, the board alleges Pines told a former foster child that he needed a “test patient” on whom to practice hernia exams and that he acknowledged giving that person $2,000 after the incident.

The board also alleges Pines prescribed controlled substances to an adult patient with whom he had a three-year affair without records showing that the patient needed the medication. The board said the last prescription, for acetaminophen and codeine, was filled in June 2010.

Pines has been licensed to practice medicine in Idaho since June 1997 and has worked at several places including Boise Public Schools and Saint Alphonsus Health System.

Source: “Medical board files complaint against Boise doctor,” Associated Press, August 27, 2012.

Mental health counselor William L. Riedel sentenced to 35 years prison for drugging and molesting 11-year-old girl

On February 11, a judge sentenced a Mesa (Arizona) man to 20 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and 15 years in prison for child molestation, attempted child molestation, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful administration of drugs.

In addition to that prison time – the sentences will run back to back – William Lewis Riedel also got lifetime probation on two other charges.

Riedel, a former family counselor, was arrested in January 2008.

According to investigators, Riedel, who was 43 at the time, convinced his then girlfriend to give her 11-year-daughter sleeping pills – they told the child they were allergy pills – and then the couple took pictures as they molested her. This happened in 2006 and went on for three months.

It all came to light nearly two years later when the daughter of Riedel’s new fiance found the pictures on Riedel’s computer. She told her mother and the mother contacted the police.

Investigators confiscated the computer and found a variety of disturbing images or Riedel with the victim. They said the victim appeared to be drugged or unconscious in all of the pictures. Police said they also found other images depicting child pornography.

Riedel allegedly told investigators he “groomed” the victim’s mother, teaching her and encouraging her to take part in the molestation.

Riedel eventually pleaded guilty to the counts for which Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie sentenced him.

Source: Catherine Holland, “Mesa man gets 35 years in child molestation case,” http://www.azfamily.com, February 11, 2011.

State declines to reinstate license of psychologist Julian M. Gordon following 13-year prison sentence for sex with minor

On September 2, 2010, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) denied psychologist Julian M. Gordon, Ph.D. reinstatement of his license.

The MDCH summarily suspended Gordon’s license on February 3, 1999 and revoked it in December of that year, based on Gordon’s November 1997 criminal convictions for felony criminal sexual conduct on a child age 13-15 and two counts of misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct on a child age 13-16.

He was sentenced to a minimum of six years and maximum of 15 years prison.  He was released from prison February 11, 2010 and must register as a sex offender for life.

On April 15, 2010, Gordon filed an application with the Michigan Board of Psychology for reinstatement of his license to practice as a psychologist but the MDCH denied the application on the basis that Gordon failed to satisfy the Board’s requirements for reinstatement.

Source: Order Denying Reinstatement in the Matter of Julian M. Gordon, Ph.D., License Number 63-01-005530, File Number 63-10-116176, Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Professions.

Psychologist Nicolas Dubin, national expert on bullying, arrested; admits to downloading child pornography

West Bloomfield, Michigan: A child psychologist and one of the nation’s experts on issues affecting the Asperger’s community and in particular, teen bullying, has been accused of downloading child pornography.

Dr. Nicolas Dubin of West Bloomfield was charged with knowingly receiving and disturbing child pornography and knowingly possessing child pornography.

Dubin is best known for touring the nation and giving motivational speeches about bullies and problems associated with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, which he himself has.

Despite the having Asperger’s syndrome, Dubin went on to become a psychologist and has sold numerous books, CD’s and audio tapes about the syndrome.

But the FBI said Dubin has another, more cynical, passion: child pornography.

Federal agents said they found dozens of pornographic images and videos of male children, between the ages of 10 and 14 years old, exposing their genitals on Dubin’s computer.

Dubin admitted that he had been illegally downloading the pornographic images from Limewire for “several years” according to a criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the pieces of evidence seized from Dubin’s computer includes a disturbing video of a naked pubescent boy sitting on a bed performing oral sex on an adult male while another young boy fondles him.

Federal agents found the pornographic images and videos on Limewire and subpoenaed Comcast to see who was downloading them.

The subpoena traced the Comcast account to Dubin’s home on Lone Pine Road.

The criminal complaint said that Dubin admitted to federal agents that he was aware that downloading child pornography was illegal.

Dubin was charged and posted bond pending trial.

Source: “Psychologist charged in child porn case,” WDIV-TV, October 15, 2010.

New Jersey prison psychologist under investigation by state for affair with patient

In late June 2010, it was reported that Natalie Barone, a psychologist and administrator of psychological services with the state of New Jersey’s civil commitment program (which incarcerated sex offenders considered to dangerous to release following their prison sentences) is under investigation by the New Jersey State Board of Psychology the on allegations of having had an affair with a patient—an inmate of one of the sex offender “special treatment units” in Avenel, New Jersey.  In June 2009, an off-duty corrections department security officer spotted Barone, who had provided one-on-one counseling to the inmate (who had been convicted of sexual assault of two teenage girls), walking together on a boardwalk on the Jersey Shore, prompting a report which resulted in an internal investigation and Barone’s suspension.  She attempted to resign but was terminated from her position in the Department of Corrections.  It was further reported that she closed her private practice and left the state for Pennsylvania, where she had earlier been granted a license to practice.  If the she loses her New Jersey license, she will likely lose her Pennsylvania license as well.

Source: Chris Megerian, “N.J. psychologist fired, faces loss of license after alleged relationship with sex offender patient,” The Newark Ledger, July 1, 2010.

Georgia psychotherapist James “Cliff” Tillery sentenced to two years prison for sex assault on patient

LAWRENCEVILLE — A former Lilburn psychotherapist entered a surprise guilty plea this week to sexual assault charges involving a patient, costing him two years in prison and his professional license.

Cliff Tillery, 46, pleaded guilty in Gwinnett Superior Court on Monday to two counts of sexual assault by a practitioner of psychotherapy, just as jury selection in a retrial of the case was scheduled to begin, said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Taylor.

Tillery will serve eight years, probation following his prison stint, said Taylor.

“I’m very pleased that he finally admitted that what he did to the victim was wrong,” Taylor said.

Tillery, 46, admitted to coercing the victim — a Gwinnett preschool teacher with a history of alcohol and sexual abuse — into sexual activity more than 20 times at his Norcross office in 2007. She paid $85 per hour for most sessions.

Tillery was originally tried in March, when a judge declared a mistrial after jurors couldn’t reach a unanimous decision after deliberating for nearly two days.

The charges carried a possible 60-year prison term, Taylor said.

Tillery’s defense attorney, Dylan Wilbanks, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday. Taylor said she’d been contacted by the defense Friday with word that Tillery was considering a plea deal.

Special conditions of Tillery’s sentencing will require him to register as a sex offender, avoid the victim and her family, and undergo psychosexual evaluations, Taylor said.

Tillery surrendered his professional license Monday and won’t be allowed to treat patients in any capacity while on probation, she said.

Tillery had spent more than 20 years in the field before his July 2008 arrest. He worked with drug addicts, sex addicts and alcoholics.

Both parties were married with children at the time.

The 32-year-old victim told the Daily Post on Wednesday she felt the sentencing was “a little lenient” but sends “a huge message for anybody in a position of power.” She feels that Tillery brainwashed her into acts she wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

The Daily Post does not identify victims of sex abuse.

“I think he knew he couldn’t win at trial,” she said of Tillery.

As for going forward, she said, “I will continue to advocate for victims. I feel like I have a whole new purpose now.”

Prior to sentencing, Tillery apologized to the victim and her family, Taylor said.

Source: Josh Green, “Therapist admits to sex assaults, gets two years,” June 23, 2010.