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A former staff psychologist at an Air Force base in Fairfield, California has been convicted for a series of horrific sex crimes against two female veterans. Heath J. Sommer, 42, was found guilty on six felony sexual assault charges for manipulating his victims into having sex with him under the guise of an accepted psychological treatment. Summer worked at Travis Air Force Base's Grant Medical Center, where he provided counseling services to men and women in the military.
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Were you or a loved one abused by Heath J. Sommer? Our experienced sexual abuse attorneys are here to help. You are not alone. Thanks to the work of California prosecutors, Sommer has been convicted for his sexual misconduct. He faces up to 11 years and eight months in prison, according to authorities. Civil action may also be possible.
You have powerful legal options. If you or a loved one were assaulted by Sommer, you may be eligible to pursue a private civil lawsuit against the psychologist, along with the Air Force base where he worked. The crimes for which Sommer has been convicted are truly horrific. Under the guise of exposure therapy, Sommer coerced at least two patients into sexual intercourse, telling the women, both sexual assault survivors, that they needed to viscerally relive the traumatic events of the past.
This was not your fault. You did nothing wrong. Heath J. Sommer is a monster, one who exploited his position of trust and authority at Grant Medical Center for heinous ends. Stirring court testimony provided at trial reports that Sommer abused his patients both in his office at the Air Force base and his private home. In one case, the psychologist unzipped his pants in his office and made his patient perform oral sex. At other sessions, he groped and fondled her. The other victim he had sex with on numerous occasions - all under the guise of an exposure therapy he said would treat their post-traumatic stress disorder.
Air Force Psychologist Convicted Of Sexual Abuse
These are horrific examples of sexual misconduct. Doctors are never allowed to have sexual contact with their patients. Whether or not the contact is consensual, any form of sexual contact between a doctor and his patient is considered misconduct. In civil courts, this form of conduct is considered medical malpractice. Thankfully, California's powerful tradition of civil law allows doctors who mistreat their patients to be held accountable.
You don't have to go through this alone. Our attorneys are here to help. You may be eligible to file a private civil lawsuit for financial compensation. You have been mistreated, violated in a horrific manner. This was not your fault. You did nothing wrong. The only person to blame is Heath J. Sommer, along with any organizations that enabled the abuse. You were violated by someone you trusted, but recovery is possible. Filing a civil lawsuit can be the first step.
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You deserve to be compensated for the suffering you have endured. Heath J. Sommer should be forced to pay for his actions. In a civil lawsuit, you can demand financial damages to support you during your recovery, while holding the responsible parties accountable for their negligence. This is your right as a sexual assault survivor in California.
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