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A Minnesota psychotherapist has been accused of having a sexual relationship with her patient—and charging him $200 for each illicit session.
Johanna Lamm, 43, initially called police to report she had been the victim of a sexual assault, but she landed behind bars herself after authorities discovered she had allegedly been the one sexually assaulting a vulnerable patient for months, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Lamm, a resident of Plymouth, is now facing charges of third-degree criminal sexual assault during a psychotherapy session; authorities say the illicit patient relationship occurred between Jan. 1, 2019 and Aug. 5, 2019, according to the criminal complaint obtained by Southwest News Media.
The investigation began when Lamm called police to report that one of her patients had sexually assaulted her during a session. She denied that she initiated the relationship and provided her cell phone for investigators, after telling police that many of the text messages between the pair had been deleted.
However, when officers went to speak with patient he told officers that he and the psychotherapist had been involved in a sexual relationship—including intercourse—during the sessions for three or four months and that he had been paying $200 per session, local station KARE reports.
He also provided text messages and audio recordings of the pair.
Authorities then executed search warrants to get phones, computers, medical records, appointment histories and patient histories as part of the investigation and determined the relationship had been consensual, court documents said.
The adult patient in the case was described as a man who had been diagnosed as bipolar, and was possibly schizophrenic, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in the case and obtained by the local paper.
Lamm had reportedly been providing psychological services to the man—who had also been suicidal in the past—since 2015. The documents did not say why the man had been seeing Lamm.
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the man is considered a vulnerable patient, KARE reports.
Lamm told authorities she didn’t plan to pursue charges for the alleged sexual assault she claimed occurred, but when the investigation concluded, she was the one behind bars.
Investigators said she later admitted to carrying on the consensual relationship.
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