Therapist accused of touching 11-year-old bonds out of jail
BATON ROUGE - Detectives arrested an East Baton Rouge therapist after one of his juvenile patients said the man fondled him during a session.
Deputies booked William Abraham, 60, of Baton Rouge into the EBR Parish Prison Monday on a charge of child molestation.
The sheriff's office said the 11-year-old victim's grandmother told them her grandson's therapist had touched the boy "on his privates" during a Feb. 3 counseling session. She said the boy was upset by the encounter and didn't want to see Abraham again, so the grandmother found a new therapist by Feb. 5.
Detectives said the boy later told them Abraham not only touched his genitals during his first session, but also laid next to him on the couch during the incident and rubbed his shoulders.
According to the arrest affidavit, Abraham admitted the boy was a client of his but he denied touching the child inappropriately. Detectives said Abraham told them he only put his arm around the boy after the session had ended.
Abraham's attorney, Jarett Ambeau, said his client was "completely innocent" and said Abraham has only been concerned about the victim's well-being since the beginning of the investigation.
"He was really worried about this young man," Ambeau said.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to the sheriff's office.
Abraham posted his $25,000 bond and was released Tuesday night.
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