If the news is to be believed (not always a sure thing), therapists, patients and sexual relationships don’t tend to mix well. Even when everyone short of the ethics board is down with it, there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong. Often things go sideways in spite of the best efforts of all concerned just like any “normal” relationship, but you’re going to have a tough time convincing me that Charles Morris Adams was looking to have a normal relationship and not set some sort of record for how poorly he could make things go.
An elderly Iowa therapist who had a yearlong sexual relationship with a female patient billed the victim for his services, investigators allege.
Charles Morris Adams, 76, was busted Friday on a felony sexual exploitation charge. Adams, a family counselor based in Iowa City, reportedly confessed when confronted by police.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim told cops that her “sexual contact” with Adams “had been occurring for about a year and had happened at least 25-30 times” while she was his patient. The woman “was being billed by her therapist while she was also engaging in sexual contact” with him.
Adams, who also appears not to have been licensed since 2014, told police that he knew he should not have done what he did and understood that there would be consequences.
If convicted, those consequences could be a maximum of 5 years in prison, though it’s somewhat unlikely that most judges would toss a person that age in the clink for that long if at all.