North Carolina Psychologist Accused of Demanding Sex for Ritalin

Posted on Nov 21, 2011
A North Carolina woman is suing her former psychiatrist for medical malpractice. She is alleging that the man demanded sexual favors in exchange for prescription drugs, initiated inappropriate topics of conversation during therapy sessions, and had the woman stay overnight at his home.

Brandy Wortman filed the North Carolina medical malpractice case in Gaston County, in regards to the unprofessional treatment she received from Dr. Todd Michael Alford of Kings Mountain in 2007 and 2008. She stated in court documents that Alford often introduced sexual topics during counseling sessions and ultimately invited her to sleep at his home. She was told to bring Ritalin prescriptions with her for them to share. During at least one of these overnight stays, Wortman was choked and hit before being asked to perform oral sex.

During a police investigation, Alford admitted that Wortman had stayed at his home and that they had "snuggled," though he said her busted lip was the result of a fall at his residence. He voluntarily surrendered his medical license in 2009.

Wortman is seeking damages for medical malpractice, emotional distress, assault and battery, and breach of duty. She is suing both the doctor and his employers, who include Carolina Forensic Psychiatry, Cleveland Regional Medical Center, and Carolinas HealthCare System.

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