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Failure to notify licensee voids revocation in sexual assault case

A decision by the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board to revoke the license of a substance-abuse counselor it believed had sexually assaulted a minor client was overturned by the state's supreme court because the board had failed to inform the counselor of the meeting at which it decidedĀ to revoke his license (Avalos v. New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board).

The counselor, Homer Avalos of Chaparral, New Mexico, was accused of sexually assaulting a sixteen-year-old client in September 2007. The accusation led the state's counseling board to file discipline charges in 2009 . . .

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