This was in yesterday’s news from Vermont: Donald Sanborn, a Vermont psychologist, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse of a mentally-ill patient. Investigators found that, over the years, Sanborn had sex with 12 of his clients and had been disciplined twice by the state.
So the guy gets three years in jail after 30 years of victimizing patients. Well, it’s better than nothing!
Three cheers for the woman who was able to come forward and report Sanborn and for her husband who supported her throughout her ordeal!
BRATTLEBORO — A Bellows Falls psychologist was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday, his punishment after he admitted he sexually abused one of his mentally ill clients and then billed the state for it.
Donald Sanborn, 66, had pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult and Medicaid fraud in 2007 as part of a plea agreement so his mentally-ill victim wouldn’t have to testify.
Sanborn’s attorney and his therapist had sought leniency from District Judge Karen R. Carroll, saying Sanborn was sorry for what he had done and was himself the victim of childhood sexual abuse.
But Carroll rejected those suggestions, and said she agreed with Assistant Attorney General Linda Purdy, who said that Sanborn’s abuse of the woman was only the latest in a 30-year string of unprofessional and unethical, if not illegal, sexual behavior with his clients.
Carroll sentenced Sanborn to the maximum allowed under the plea agreement: a three to seven-year sentence on the sexual abuse charge, with three years to serve, and a zero to seven-year sentence, all suspended, on the Medicaid fraud charge. Sanborn will have to register as a sex offender.
The judge said the time Sanborn is in jail will give the woman a sense of security she now lacks.
“It will provide her with a period of time so she can heal,” the judge said.
Carroll said she was sentencing Sanborn to jail to protect his victim and the general public as well, noting the former therapist had been victimizing patients for more than 30 years.