Minnesota psychotherapist Richard Colund charged with two patient sex-related felonies
July 5, 2012
On or about March 5, 2012, Minnesota psychotherapist Richard Colund was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Colund, 54, is accused of having sexual contact with an adult female patient during therapy sessions on or about Jan. 1, 2012, through Feb. 24, 2012.
According to the official Carver County complaint, the alleged victim said that Colund used a technique called Theophostic therapy, “in which God guides the therapy sessions.” The sessions were audio recorded so that the patient could remember what was discussed, according to the complaint.
A recording from a Feb. 8 session included sounds that were consistent with a sexual encounter, according to the complaint. During that session, the complaint said, the alleged victim “removed her clothing and told the defendant that God wanted him" to have sexual contact with her.
On Feb. 24, representatives from the Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Crime Lab executed a search warrant at the office and seized evidence including photographs, medical records and computers. A section of carpeting was also removed for DNA processing, the complaint said.
Additional investigation is continuing, the complaint said. In addition to the count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Colund has also been charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct by a psychotherapist during session. Both are felony counts that carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
Source: “Chanhassen psychologist accused of sexual misconduct,” www.chanvillager.com, March 5, 2012.
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