PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Former State College Psychologist Charged With Assaulting Patients

By Steve Bauer

A former State College psychologist is now facing criminal charges for allegedly having inappropriate sexual relationships with patients.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office says Richard Lenhart, 53, 293 Homan Ave., State College, prescribed “touching therapy” for two female patients.

According to the criminal complaint that included touching, stroking and sexual contact with both women.

Lenhart is facing multiple charges including aggravated indecent assault, deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, indecent assault and insurance fraud.

Investigators say Lenhart victimized one woman over a 17-year period, beginning in July, 1994 and continuing through Nov., 2011. The second woman was allegedly assaulted between June, 2003  and March, 2010.

An investigation began in Feb., 2011 when one of the women filed a complaint. It’s unclear why charges haven’t been filed until now.

Dr. Lenhart operated a private practice at 137 South Pugh St., State College. His license was revoked in March of last year.

The Attorney General’s office says Lenhart submitted insurance claims “using a code that would indicate he was rendering proper psychology services and treatment.”

He allegedly filed nearly 700 claims for more than $71,500.

The Attorney General’s office says this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Special Agent Doug Hilyard at 717-787-0272.

StateCollege.com was unable to contact Lenhart for a response.

About the Author

StateCollege.com

Posts from our partner website StateCollege.com.

Comments

More by StateCollege.com

Herwig’s Austrian Bistro Sets Closing Date

Owner Bernd Brandstatter announced in March that restaurant would be closing between June and August, but the final day of business has been moved up.

Former Penn State Football Player Denies Burglary, Assault Accusations

Spats Cafe Collaboration With Allen Street Grill Set For Grand Opening

Athletics

Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Skeller Replacement Best We Could’ve Hoped For

The last thing we need is an Applebee’s, so maybe this is the best we could’ve hoped for, after all.

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend