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Bond denied in child-molestation case
Judge denies bond for RACSB therapist charged with molesting child and teen patients

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Date published: 1/24/2013

BY PORTSIA SMITH

A licensed therapist with Rappahannock Area Community Services Board who is charged with sex crimes against juvenile patients will remain in jail.

Bond was denied Wednesday in Caroline County Circuit Court for Scott Gordon Henry, 67, of Henrico County. He faces 12 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 12 counts of indecent liberties involving three young patients.

Henry pleaded not guilty and requested a bench trial, which is scheduled for May 7.

Defense attorney Kathy Hancock argued that Henry's age and lack of a criminal record should make him eligible for a secured bond.

But Judge Joseph Ellis agreed with Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Diane Abato, who argued that Henry cannot be trusted.

"He was in a position of trust and he used that to molest these children," Ellis said. "He offended people he was supposed to be helping."

Henry was arrested in December after Caroline County investigators received information that he was involved in inappropriate sexual activity with a juvenile patient of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board.

According to Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa, 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 the victim said things that led the guardian to believe something inappropriate happened, Lippa said.

Henry was charged with aggravated sexual battery in Caroline Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

"After it was made public, we began to have other parents calling about their children," Abato said during Wednesday's bond hearing.

According to the indictments, 22 of the charges are related to incidents that are believed to have occurred between January 2003 and January 2004 and involved a victim who was under the age of 13.

One of the indecent liberties charges is from an incident that is said to have occurred between January 2007 and January 2008 with a different victim under the age of 15.

One of the aggravated sexual battery charges is said to have occurred between May 17 and May 31 of 2002 with a victim who was physically or mentally incapacitated.

A December 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.

He is being held in the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

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