Tampa psychologist accused of sex with patient

7:06 PM, Feb 12, 2010   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - South Tampa psychologist Dr. Daniel R. Lerom is accused of having sex with a female patient from February 2009 to May 2009.

The identity of the Lakeland woman has not been released.

Dr. Lerom specializes in marriage and relationship counseling and had volunteered at Victory Church in Lakeland, where court records show that the two met.

Documents also show the two had sex numerous times in his office on West Kennedy in South Tampa after a long standing doctor-patient relationship that began back in 1995.

At one point, the doctor even purchased a ring from Tiffany and Company for his patient, records say, with X's and O's intertwined on the band.

Those same documents show that a text message was sent concerning the ring,  It read, "Remember the importance of [my hugs and kisses] Love, Dan."

After each "treatment", Dr. Lerom would bill his patient's Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, totaling $1,400 in charges from numerous appointments.

Other texts include messages like, "Baby, I am thrilled about getting to spend the afternoon with you tomorrow" and "U were incredible as usual."

The doctor is also accused of asking his patient for the narcotics, Oxycodcone and Xanax.  The patient was prescribed the medication by a different physician, documents show.

A report from the Florida Surgeon General's Office shows that Dr. Lerom's wife found out about the affair, and he broke it off with his patient.

Documents show the following text message was sent, "My wife just read this message. They have to stop for a long time until I say it's OK, this is serious! Dan."

Shortly thereafter, the patient had a mental collapse and had to be institutionalized.

During the time that she was being treated, the patient suffered from depression, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and detachment disorder, along with hopelessness and rejection by men.

On January 15, documents show that the State Surgeon General issued an emergency suspension of Dr. Lerom's license. 

The patient then filed a lawsuit in late January. 

Dr. Walter Afield does not treat the patient, nor does he know the doctor in question. However, Dr. Afield has testified in numerous cases where doctors have alleged affairs with patients.

He says it's unforgivable, especially with a patient suffering from anxiety issues.

"It's unethical, it's immoral, it's illegal, and you do enormous damage to patients. Doctors are supposed to do no harm," Dr. Afield says. 

Melanie Brooks, 10 Connects

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