San Fran psychologist Steven A. Korn charged with sexual exploitation of patient

July 22, 2010

Criminal charges have been filed against a San Francisco based psychologist who allegedly had sex with one of his patients, according to a press release from the DA's office. The defendant, Dr. Steven Allen Korn, was arrested today.

Korn, 61 at the time of the alleged crime, is said to have had sex with the twenty something female patient in his office, on two occasions, during her therapy sessions.

"Based upon the allegations, the defendant betrayed a vulnerable patient who trusted him," said District Attorney Kamala D. Harris.

The allegations come from court documents filed in 2008. The prosecution is the result
of an investigation by the Medical Board of California Investigator Tracy Tu, and San Francisco District Attorney Lieutenant of Investigations Carlos B. Sanchez. Assistant District Attorney Evan Ackiron is prosecuting the case.

Dr. Korn is charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation by a Psychotherapist, both misdemeanors. The maximum penalty for each count is six months in county.

Anyone with information regarding professional misconduct by Dr. Korn should contact Lt. Sanchez at (415) 551-9569.

Source: Samantha Bell, "SF Shrink Accused of Sexual Exploitation of a Patient, SFPD Wants To Know If He Exploited You, Too," San Francisco Appeal (online newspaper), July 21, 2010.

 

IF YOUR PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHIATRIST OR OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER HAS ENGAGED IN ANY THREATENING, VIOLENT OR SEXUAL BEHAVIOR WITH YOU, REPORT IT TO THE POLICE AND TO CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, WHO CAN ASSIST YOU IN FILING REPORTS, COMPLAINTS, ETC.  PLEASE CONTACT STEVE WAGNER, DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION AT swagner@cchr.org

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