Psychiatrist Charles D. Morgan referred patient for electroshock then engaged in sexual contact afterward; state takes license
February 4, 2011
On January 19, 2011, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board accepted the surrender of psychiatrist Charles D. Morgan’s license to practice medicine for unprofessional conduct.
According the Board’s Order, Morgan provided treatment to a female patient for approximately two years, ending in late June 2008. Approximately one week earlier, Morgan admitted the patient to the behavioral health unit of Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for electroconvulsive therapy (“electroshock”) and while she was hospitalized, Morgan kissed her romantically.
Following her discharge a week later, Morgan told the patient he wanted to talk with her at his office, which was also in the Medical Center. While she was in his office, he engaged in sexual contact with her “which resulted in his orgasm,” according to the Order. Morgan left a message on the patient’s cell phone the next day that what had occurred in his office needed to stay confidential or he could lose his license. The patient reported the incident to her counselor and Oshkosh Police.
While she was in his office, he engaged in sexual contact with her “which resulted in his orgasm,” according to the Order.
In his interview with police, Morgan stated that the patient was “the aggressor and a predator. She came on to him and wanted him to have sexual contact with her and he finally gave in.” The police investigation resulted in charges of Sexual Exploitation by a Therapist, of which Morgan was convicted in Winnebago County Circuit Court on December 18, 2008. He was sentenced March 19, 2009 to six years probation and nine months jail time. Other terms of his sentence included prohibition against practicing psychology or psychiatry or counseling people in vulnerable positions or employment that would permit him to have authority over vulnerable people. He must also register as a sex offender.
Source: Final Decision and Order LS 0808206 MED, in the Matter of the Disciplinary Proceedings Against Charles D. Morgan, M.D., Division of Enforcement Case # 08 MED 207, State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.
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