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A Colorado Springs therapist faces sexual assault charges

Colorado Springs faces sexual assault charges

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs therapist faces sexual assault charges. Police said he had sex with one of his group therapy patients at Peak View Behavioral Health. Fifty-year-old Darrell Wainright is facing charges of sexual assault against a client by a psychotherapist, a felony.

People often go to counselors for help, but in this case a patient at Peak View Behavioral Health claims she received much more. 

Springs police say the investigation began April 29,  when a 43-year-old woman came forward with allegations against Wainright.

The woman told police that Wainright's advances began with flirting after one of their counseling sessions. She said the flirtation led to a night of drinking at a bar, which led to their first sexual encounter on March 28.

Police say the woman reported having sex with Wainright a second time on April 4. In that case the woman claims another one of Wainright's patients was involved in the encounter. Investigators say the second woman corroborated the story.

A Colorado Springs police detective interviewed Wainright on June 17. The detective says that Wainright confessed that both sexual encounters did happen.

KRDO spoke to Fred Dearborn, a licensed professional counselor for 20-years, who said, "In terms of ethics and standards in our field that's not something you would do."

"You're not their friend, you're there to treat them for something and if you're treating them for something that's the position you're in - working with them professionally," said Dearborn.

Yet Dearborn said this isn't the first time he has heard claims of a therapist and patient being romantically involved.

"There is a vulnerability of being in this position because there is a sense of intimacy that develops in the relationship. It does happen that therapists make that mistake. It doesn't make the therapist a terrible person, just means they've made a mistake," said Dearborn.

Colorado Springs police spokesperson, Larry Herbert said it's incredibly important that patients can feel safe while visiting with a counselor. 

"This is to protect individuals that are seeking help. Not to be victimized further by someone taking advantage of them," stated Herbert.

At this time only one victim has stepped forward. If you were a victim, you're asked to call Colorado Springs police at 444-7000.

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