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Claim of blackmail to mitigate licensee’s sexual misconduct fails

The Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia, in a May 19 decision, rejected the argument of a psychologist that, although he had engaged in unprofessional conduct by having a sexual relationship with a patient, his actions should be mitigated by the fact of what he claimed was a blackmail scheme by that patient against him.

The Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia, in a May 19 decision, rejected the argument of a psychologist that, although he had engaged in unprofessional conduct by having a sexual relationship with a patient, his actions should be mitigated by the fact of what he claimed was a blackmail scheme by that patient against him.

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