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On behalf of the California Board of Psychology, Sen. Richard Pan is carrying legislation to update definitions of sexual misconduct. It stalled Tuesday.
Currently, these acts don’t warrant license revocation: sexting, phone sex, trading nude photos, or giving sex toys as gifts.
Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, told the Assembly Business & Professions Committee:
“You could actually lick the nipple of a male patient, and that would not meet that [current] definition.”
In nine cases over five years, the board sought to revoke shrinks’ licenses. In one case, a woman client became suicidal after her therapist coaxed her into sexual acts. But the nine psychologists were given probation.
Beverly Hills psychologist Stephen Phillips, head of the Board of Psychology, testified:
“We are leaving sexual predators in a position where they still have a license to practice psychology and see patients.”
The Senate approved Pan’s bill 38-0. But Assembly Business & Professions Committee Chairman Evan Low said Pan should take a “more holistic” approach and include more professions.
Low, a Democrat from Campbell: “We of course in Assembly B&P will not tolerate any kind of sex misconduct. … Unfortunately, at this time, it is too narrow in scope, so we do not offer amendments.”
Pan’s bill died without a vote.
A connection? Three of Low’s bills stalled in the Senate Business & Professions Committee last week. Pan sits on that committee.