Therapist enters plea, to serve 13 years

BOWLING GREEN – Scott Gordon Henry, 67, of Richmond, a former licensed therapist for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing two children and a mentally handicapped adult who were his patients.

Henry pleaded guilty to four charges: three charges of aggravated sexual battery and one charge of taking indecent liberties. He was sentenced to a combined total of 65 years in prison, but 52 years was suspended, so Henry will serve an active sentence of 13 years.

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Scott Henry

Henry was charged with 13 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 12 counts of indecent liberties involving seven victims, but some of those charges were withdrawn in the plea agreement.

“There are not enough years in eternity to punish you for what you did,” Caroline County Circuit Court Judge J. Howe Brown told Henry.

“You must have known you were sick and still you did not seek help,” the judge told Henry, whose hands and feet were shackled as he stood in a jail inmate’s orange jumpsuit. “The victims are not here due to further trauma it would have on them. I hope you can get help for your disease.”

In the cases that Henry pleaded to, two of the victims were boys in elementary school, and was one a 48-year-old intellectually challenged man.

“He chose his victims very carefully, and they were all vulnerable,” deputy commonwealth’s attorney Diane Abato said after the court proceeding.

Henry was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 suspended on one charge of aggravated sexual battery, 20 years with 17 suspended on another aggravated sexual battery charge, 10 years, suspended, on a third charge, and five years, suspended, on a charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Only the initials of the victims were given in court: DG, KK and TH. Two charges involved DG.

Aggravated sexual battery in Virginia carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, and indecent liberties carries a maximum of five years.

“He acknowledged all seven victims that came forward,” Abato said later. “I don’t know if there are anymore. If there are anymore who come forward, he will be charged with more crimes and have to go back to court.”

“Obviously, this is not enough (prison) time, but he is in very bad health, and this is probably a life sentence for him,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer said later.

While incarcerated, Henry passed out and fell and sustained a cut on his head that required 12 stitches, Abato said.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2003 and Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 1, 2007 and Jan. 1, 2008.

Abato read a statement from a victim who was 6 or 7 while under Henry’s care. Henry told the boy to pull down his pants and then touched his genitals, the victim said in the statement.

“The child didn’t understand this wasn’t right,” Abato told the judge. The victim “has struggled with what happened and has been hospitalized and has sought counseling due to the impact on him.”

Another victim was molested while going to the bathroom, according to Abato. Henry accompanied the boy to the bathroom, saying he needed to watch him, she said. He ordered the boy to lower his pants and show him his genitals, then fondled the boy, according to Abato.

Similar incidents occurred to the other child victim and the mentally handicapped adult, said Abato.

“My life has been impacted,” said one victim in a statement that Abato read. “I am not able to get proper treatment because I don’t trust doctors. You put me on a medication that wasn’t allowed, and you put me on a stronger dose than needed. I have post-traumatic stress disorder because of your abuse of me.”

Another victim said in a statement that he is “afraid to change clothes in the boys locker room. I’m glad you got caught. I just wish it had been sooner.”

A female victim, now 27, wrote that Henry pinched her buttocks when she was a high school senior.  He also reached under a table and touched her buttocks, she said.

“He would take stuff I said and turn it around, and he threatened my family,” she said. “He would get angry with me. I have nightmares now. I’m worried about men doing something in therapy to me.” The victim also has post-traumatic stress syndrome, said Abato.

Brad I. Hawkins of Philadelphia, the brother of the adult victim, was present during Henry’s sentencing. Henry is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Hawkins said later.

“I’ve got plenty of anger” over this, Hawkins said. “When I found out he had done this to children, too, that really blew my mind.”

At one time, a rape victim was undergoing counseling with Henry, Abato said. When she learned Henry had been arrested, she lost her trust in therapists even though Henry had not sexually abused her. “It strikes me that that is part of the harm of what he did,” Abato said.

RACSB provides services for mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, prevention, and early intervention.

Henry worked at the board’s clinic at 19254 Rogers Clark Blvd. in Ruther Glen, across from Caroline High School.

 

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm