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Ontario psychiartrist Stanley Dobrowolski gets 4 years prison for sexual assaults of female patients

“He was my support system, my parent, my confidant, my compass and my guide. He was my cheerleader,” she said as she stood before the man she had put all her trust in for over two decades. A man who sexually violated her and failed her in her time of need.

“Stanley Dobrowolski, I trusted you,” the woman –one of 22 women whose names are protected under a publication ban– told her former psychiatrist in court on Thursday while reading her victim impact statement. “The emotional damage and harm to my soul goes beyond the nine pages of submissions”

The stories of those 22 women, who were sexually violated by the London psychiatrist, were read into the record on Thursday by Assistant Crown Attorney Laurie Tuttle. They are accounts that 67-year-old Dr. Stanley Dobrowolski admitted were true. In all of the cases, the 21 women and one girl said Dobrowolski performed breast, vaginal or full body exams on them during appointments at his Old North home office.

The cases were detailed using the women’s initials only, because they were so nervous and anxious that they didn’t even want their full names read in court.

Dobrowolski plead guilty to 16 counts of sexual assault, one count of voyeurism and one count of breaching a court order on Thursday.

During the incidents, dating back as far as the mid-90s, many of the women were meeting with Dobrowolski to discuss issues related to depression, anxiety or traumatic life events. The court heard Dobrowolski often performed unnecessary exams and took pictures under the guise of checking for cancer of the breast and skin, or in one case to give advice about a breast reduction surgery.

After his arrest in Nov. 2012, London police investigators were able to recover from his computer almost 10,000 images of female patients in various states of undress or naked while he examined them, or touched them. Many of the women did not know they were being photographed, and say they never would have agreed to the examination if they knew they were being recorded.

A handful of the women told police the physical exams did not seem out of the ordinary, but in some of those cases Dobrowolski was under a 2005 divisional court order not to perform any kind of physical examination on his patients.

In one case, police found 2,140 photos of a woman who was 17 years old at the time some of them were taken. The girl was never officially his patient, because Dobrowolski told her it wold look bad on her record later on. He performed vaginal and breast exams on the girl, and told her he had to check for cancer because of her family history. Police found photos of the girl posing naked on a leather chair in his office, along with close-ups of her breasts and vagina. It was the only case that the Crown detailed evidence of secret video being taken. The girl had no idea she was being taped during the exams.

It’s only one of 22 eerily similar stories from female patients. Stories that detail Dobrowolski’s reassuring, but at time manipulative presence. Stories of multiple breaches of trust and gross misconduct on the part of a psychiatrist who spent 32 years practicing in London before his arrest.

On Thursday afternoon, four women read victim impact statements in court, while another 13 chose to submit statements to the judge in writing. Three women detailed how they were assaulted by Dr. Dobrowolski, and another told the court how he stole her well-deserved childhood by wrecking havoc on her family while treating her mother.

“My therapist. That kind, sensitive, caring man with whom I had shared my most intimate feelings,” one woman told the court, while visibly shaking from head to toe. “My friend… my rock… was nothing more than a sexual predator.”

“The incidents [of sexual assault] replay in my mind like a really bad dream,” another confided.

The woman who brought nine pages of notes asked the judge if she could take a spot on the witness stand so she could face her former psychiatrist. “I had hoped to face this man,” she told Justice Gregory Pockele. She cried for only a moment, before detailing years of support from “Dr. D” that she later realized wasn’t helping her at all. He once examined her breasts. “He so kindly offered to teach me how to self exam,” she said with just a slight edge of sarcasm. She said when she found out about the charges against Dobrowolski she had been trying to contact him in a time of crisis. She said she felts abandoned, and stunned at what he was capable of.

When she read all nine pages she walked down from the witness stand, only gathering the courage to look him in the eye as she walked by him.

“I needed you,” she told him between clenched teeth.

“I’m sorry,” he said quietly.

“I know you are,” she replied while looking away.

Dr. Stanley Dobrowolski was sentenced to four years in a federal penitentiary after his lawyer and the Crown made a joint submission. He will comply with a DNA order, he is banned from owning a gun for ten years, he will be listed on the sexual offender registry for the rest of his life and he is banned from communicating with any of the woman he sexually assaulted.

Before he was taken into custody he spoke with his back to his victims and former patients.

“Very briefly I just wish to say that I’m sorry,” he said quietly. “I wish to apologize to my former patients, my family, and everyone who has been harmed by my misconduct… I’m very very very sorry…”

Then the surely soon-to-be-stripped-of-his-medical-license doctor walked out of the room through the prisoner’s dock with the eyes of almost a dozen victims on his back.

Source: Avery Moore, “Psychiatrist Sentenced to Four Years For Abusing Patients,” Blackburn News, May 15, 2014.

British Columbia police launch investigation of school psychologist charged in U.S. for child porn

Delta police are looking into whether children here may have been victimized by a school counsellor charged in the United States with possessing child pornography.

In a case reported earlier this week, Point Roberts resident William Brook, who works as a psychologist for the Delta school district, was arrested and charged with possessing hundreds of images and videos of child porn, including scenes of children being sexually assaulted. He is alleged to have downloaded the material at his home.

Delta police spokesperson Sgt. Sarah Swallow said U.S. Homeland Security notified police here and the investigation by Delta police is still in its early stage. So far, it doesn’t appear there is any indication Brook was involved in criminal conduct on Canadian soil.

Swallow said police are working with the school district to notify parents, asking them to contact police if they learn anything inappropriate may have taken place.

Although police and the school district are not saying the schools Brook worked at or the ages of the children he dealt with, Swallow said the investigation must be handled carefully, so as to not place any suggestions to students that something happened when it may have not.

The Seattle P.I. reported earlier this week that acting on a tip, Homeland Security stopped Brook’s car May 7 as he attempted to cross the border into Point Roberts. Officers seized his school district-issued laptop he had in his possession, but no illegal images were found on that computer.

According to federal charges filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, investigators in a subsequent search of his home found 334 files believed to be child pornography on his laptop, as well as a four-gigabyte thumb drive filled with additional videos.

Those images and videos allegedly included the rape of very young children.

Brook was scheduled for a bail hearing Friday.

The charges against him at this point involve possessing child porn but don’t involve luring or abusing kids.

An article in Bloomberg Businessweek last month noted that since 2002, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virginia, which analyzes photos flagged as potentially abusive, has reviewed 105 million child sex abuse images, including 24 million last year.

An article in this month’s edition of the Times Record, on-line news for Fort Smith, Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, reported that not only has the Internet made it easier for people to find and distribute child pornography, but the nature of images has changed in the Internet age.

“Way back, it was still images of a child lying on a blanket with their bottom exposed or (the photo was) focused on their genitals. Now there are actual videos of infants being raped and young boys being sodomized by adults. Those are so heinous and so shocking relative to what it used to be,” said Kyra Jenner, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, quoted in the article. “They’re crime-scene photos.”

Source: “Delta police launch own investigation in school psychologist charged in U.S. for child porn,” Delta Optimist, May 15, 2014.

School psychologist charged with possession of extreme child porn

A school psychologist living on the Canadian border faces federal charges following allegations that he bought and traded child pornography online.

Federal prosecutors contend William Brook downloaded hundreds of child rape photos and videos at his home in Point Roberts, a small Whatcom County community located on a peninsula with no land access to the United States.

When agents arrived at his home last week, Brook was working for the school system in Delta, B.C. Brook has since been jailed

Writing the court, a Homeland Security Investigations agent said his agency received a tip in mid-April that Brook had been buying child pornography online. Investigators soon learned Brook was working as a school psychologist at the Delta School District.

Agents stopped Brook’s car Wednesday as he attempted to return to Point Roberts from Canada and seized his school district-issued computer.

While no child pornography was found during the stop, the Homeland Security agent said Brook “acted extremely nervous.” As the interview continued, though, Brook is alleged to have admitted to exchanging photos of “kids” on chat websites.

“I asked Brook if the photos were of nude children and Brook replied, ‘some of them,’” the agent said in court papers.

Brook told investigators those photos were on his home computer, the agent continued, prompting a search Brook’s Benson Road home. Arriving at the duplex, Brook invited agents in and then told them, “I just want to erase the stuff,” according to court papers.

Agents allowed Brook to open an online profile he’d created in which he declared his “love” for “pre-teen/pubescent boys and young teens” no older than 14, the Homeland Security agent told the court. Agents claim to have seen that Brook had downloaded child pornography the day before; they then seized the computer.

According to charging papers, investigators found 334 files believed to be child pornography on the laptop, as well as a 4 gigabyte thumb drive filled with additional videos. The images and videos pictured the rape of very young children.

Charged Thursday with possession of child pornography, Brook is expected to appear Monday afternoon before a judge at U.S. District Court in Seattle. He remains jailed without bond pending that hearing.

Source: Levi Pulkkinen, “Feds: School psychologist caught buying, trading child porn,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 12, 2014.

Mental health counselor Adam Glatt surrenders license on sadomasochism-related charges

A Midlothian mental health counselor has agreed to give up his license to practice in Florida after a former patient told authorities there that he engaged improperly in sexual activities with her.

An administrative complaint filed by the Florida Department of Health against Adam M. Glatt, 53, alleges that he committed sexual misconduct and violated professional standards by engaging in sexual activities with a patient identified only as “K.N.”

According to the complaint, K.N. began counseling with Glatt after her son died 49 days after birth due to “a variety of medical issues.” During her counseling sessions, according to the complaint, Glatt “began discussing his role in the bondage, domination, sadomasochism lifestyle (BDSM).”

The patient later moved into a garage apartment at Glatt’s home and the two began a sexual relationship that included attending several BDSM events, “at which, during at least one of such events, [Glatt] flogged Patient K.N.,” according to the complaint.

K.N. ended her relationship with Glatt in late 2011, the complaint said. No information was provided about when or why she contacted the regulatory board, but the board’s complaint against him was filed in 2012.

Glatt, who operates a counseling office off Hull Street Road, remains licensed in Virginia. Glatt’s attorney, Derek J. Angell, said Glatt was licensed in Florida for more than 20 years with no previous complaints. He “has denied and continues to deny any wrongdoing or impropriety” regarding his counseling of K.N., Angell said.

Source: Michael Buettner, “Local counselor surrenders license in Florida,” Chesterfield Observer, April 23, 2014

Children’s psychiatric nurse accused of possessing child porn

A registered nurse employed by an Albuquerque psychiatric center for children was arrested Friday by federal agents and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on allegations of viewing and sharing online graphic pornography involving children.

John Jaramillo, 44, of Albuquerque was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service and booked into the jail on a warrant charging receipt and possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. A report says the children in the images ranged in age from 3 to 12 and were portrayed in activities with adults. It is unclear why the Albuquerque man was booked in the Santa Fe County jail.

Federal court records show a warrant was issued in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Thursday for Jaramillo’s arrest.

According to an affidavit in Jaramillo’s court file, New Mexico State Police tipped federal agents in November to child pornography files being shared by an Internet protocol address later traced to Jaramillo.

Federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and Albuquerque police and state police on Thursday seized computer equipment from the apartment Jaramillo shares with his fiancée and found more than 255 images and videos of child pornography, according to the affidavit.

When federal agents questioned Jaramillo on Thursday, allegedly he told them that he had sole access to the computer where the pornography was found.

“Jaramillo stated he is a Registered Nurse and works with children on a daily basis through his positions at Footprints Home Care and home visits through Children’s Psychiatric Residential Center, Bernalillo Academy,” the affidavit says.

New Mexico Board of Nursing records show Jaramillo has been a licensed registered nurse in the state since October 2012. Federal agents reported that child pornography activity on his computer was detected beginning June 23, 2013.

Source: Patrick Malone, “Children’s psychiatric nurse accused of possessing child porn,” The New Mexican, April 26, 2014.

Mental health counselor Liza Cozier engaged in sex with client

On March 19, 2014, the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists summarily suspended professional counselor Lisa Cozier. The Board’s document states that Cozier engaged in a sexual relationship with a female client and other actions of a dual-relationship nature, such as giving the client gifts and money.

Convicted perv psychiatrist Aubrey Levin guilty of sex assault loses appeal, must go to prison

CALGARY – The Alberta Court of Appeal has refused to overturn a psychiatrist’s three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients.

Dr. Aubrey Levin was found guilty by a jury in January 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Levin, 75, had asked the Appeal Court last October to dismiss the convictions and order a new trial. He had remained free on bail while the appeal was being heard.

But the court has ruled that there is no merit in any of the appeal arguments raised by Levin’s lawyer.

“The appeal accordingly is dismissed,” writes the three-member panel in a decision released Wednesday.

“We direct that Levin turn himself into custody within 48 hours after the filing of this judgment, failing which a warrant for his arrest will issue.”

The original allegations against Levin came to light in 2010 after one of his patients came forward with secret videos he had recorded during sessions with the psychiatrist.

The patient was on probation at the time the videos were taken and had been ordered by a court to see Levin twice a month. The man said he had told authorities about previous assaults and no one believed him, so he bought a spy camera and brought it to his appointments.

At the time of Levin’s convictions, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on four other charges.

The Crown retried Levin on two of them and last month a new jury was again unable to reach a consensus.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

He served briefly as director for the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

Levin is no stranger to controversy over his work. He faced heated accusations about his time as a military psychiatrist during apartheid in South Africa, where he earned his degree in 1963.

In the 1970s, he was a psychiatrist at a military hospital where aversion therapy through electric shocks was allegedly used in an attempt to change the sexuality of gay soldiers. Levin is mentioned in a report that aimed to shed light on abuses of gays and lesbians in the military by health workers.

Source: Bill Graveland, “Calgary psychiatrist guilty of sex assault loses appeal, must turn himself in,” Calgary Herald, April 23, 2014.