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Therapist charged in abuse of child
Therapist charged with sexual battery of juvenile patient

Date published: 12/12/2012

By PORTSIA SMITH

A licensed therapist with the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board has been charged with aggravated sexual battery of a juvenile patient.

According to Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa, 67-year-old Scott Gordon Henry of Henrico County was arrested Monday after Caroline investigators received information that Henry was allegedly involved in inappropriate sexual activity with a juvenile patient of the community services board. The regional agency based in Fredericksburg provides help for people with mental health issues, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems.

Lippa said that a guardian reported to police that the alleged offense occurred between 2003 and 2004 when the victim was 6 years old. The guardian reported that things were said by the girl during a conversation that led the guardian to believe something inappropriate happened, Lippa said.

After an investigation and interrogation, Lippa said, Henry was arrested in Caroline without incident.

He is being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail without bond.

A statement from Rappahannock Area Community Services Board Executive Director Ronald Branscome confirmed that Henry has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Lippa said investigators are looking into whether there may be more victims of abuse. He said if anyone has information about this case or if people think they may be victims, they are asked to call the Caroline Sheriff's Office immediately.

Callers may contact Investigator Krystal DiGravio at 804/633-8064 or Crime Victim/Witness Advocate Cindy Gatewood at 804/633-8037.

Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419
Email: psmith@fredericksburg.com