Benton County therapist accused of inappropriate behavior

Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldDecember 14, 2013 

A Benton County respiratory therapist has been accused of inappropriate activity with a third woman.

Robert Robinson already had been accused of having a sexual relationship with the daughter of a client and touching the breasts of another woman, according to state Department of Health documents.

Department of Health spokeswoman Sharon Moysiuk said the third woman came forward during the investigation of the other two cases at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

Robinson faces allegations of unprofessional conduct and sexual misconduct from the health department. A hearing is scheduled April 30- May 2.

Discipline can include education, a fine or suspension of license, said Moysiuk.

Kadlec spokesman Jim Hall said Robinson has not practiced at the hospital since June 2011.

In the latest case, Robinson is accused of inappropriate contact with a woman admitted to Kadlec in December 2009, according to documents filed with the state in November.

During three to four breathing treatments, Robinson is accused of pulling the privacy curtain around the woman's bed, massaging the back of her neck, moving his hand up the back of her head and pulling her hair.

Documents said that Robinson asked the woman if she liked the treatment and continued even though she shook her head "no." The woman later reported the incident to Kadlec's human resources department.

Robinson already had been accused of carrying on a seven-month relationship in 2007 with the woman who played a major role in the health care decisions for her mother, who Robinson was treating at Kadlec, according to charges filed by the Department of Health.

He also is accused of inappropriately touching the breasts of another patient in 2008. According to state documents, the woman was admitted to Kadlec for heart problems.

Documents claimed he touched her inappropriately at the hospital and during home visits when he said he stopped by to make sure she was completing breathing treatments.

On a second home visit, she said Robinson touched her and pulled her hair. The woman was alone and later said she feared for her life.

Kadlec officials said they were not aware of the home visits and do not endorse such visits as acceptable treatment for respiratory therapists, documents said.

-- Geoff Folsom: 509-582-1543; gfolsom@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @GeoffFolsom

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