Convicted therapist dies after hanging himself

Scott Gordon Henry, 67, of Richmond, a former licensed therapist who was serving time for sexually abusing his patients, died in a hospital on Sunday, reported the commonwealth attorney’s office.

He used a bed sheet to hang himself, but workers at Pamunkey Regional Jail revived him and he was taken to a hospital, said Diane Abato, Caroline’s deputy commonwealth’s attorney, who prosecuted his case. He was placed on life-support in the hospital, but died a few days later.

Henry was a therapist for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board. He pleaded guilty in June to sexually abusing two children and a mentally handicapped adult who were his patients.

He was serving time in Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover when he was taken to the hospital, said Major Scott Moser of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.

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 the judge suspended 52 years. Henry would have served an active sentence of 13 years.

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aggravated sexual battery and 12 counts of indecent liberties involving seven victims, but some of those charges were withdrawn in the plea agreement.

After Henry’s trial, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer said Henry was “in very bad health,” adding that the 13 year active sentence would probably be “a life sentence for him.”

While incarcerated and awaiting his trial, Henry had passed out and fallen and sustained a cut on his head that required 12 stitches.

During sentencing, Caroline County Circuit Court Judge J. Howe Brown told Henry, “There are not enough years in eternity to punish you for what you did. You must have known you were sick and still you did not seek help.”

Two of the victims were boys in elementary school, and was one a 48-year-old intellectually challenged man.

If other victims had come forward, Henry would have been charged with more crimes and would have to gone back to court.

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

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

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

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 in a written statement.

Henry worked at the board’s clinic at 19254 Rogers Clark Blvd. in Ruther Glen, across from Caroline High School. He would have turned 68 in December.

 

 

Posted on Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:19 am