Psychiatrist Joseph Jurand sentenced for sexual abuse

January 8, 2014

CHARLES TOWN - A psychiatrist who pleaded guilty last year to
having inappropriate sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl was
sentenced to five years of probation Monday during a sentencing
hearing in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Joseph Anthony Jurand, 61, of Shepherdstown Pike, Shenandoah
Junction, was originally scheduled to be sentenced last month, but the
hearing was postponed until Monday.

Jurand pleaded guilty Sept. 30 to one count of an indictment charging
him with misdemeanor third-degree sexual abuse as part of a plea
agreement.

The remaining counts of an indictment returned in May by a Jefferson
County grand jury, charging Jurand with two counts of felony thirddegree
sexual assault, were dismissed.

Jefferson County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Hassan Rasheed said
Monday that Jurand was also ordered to complete 500 hours of
community service and will be required to register for life as a
convicted sex offender with the states sex offender registry as part of
the sentencing agreement.

Jurand is barred from having any contact with the girl or her family.
According to court records, Jurand met the victim while she was
participating in a Shepherdstown community theater group.

Source: Edward Marshall, "Psychiatrist sentenced to five years probation for sexual abuse conviction," The Journal, January 6, 2014.

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