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Sacramento psychotherapist convicted of sexual battery, sexual exploitation

A 72-year-old Sacramento psychotherapist has been convicted for sexual battery, sexual exploitation, and battery in separate assaults involving two patients, the Sacramento District Attorney’s office said in a written release.

The psychotherapist, Marvin Dennis Todd, whose private practice was at a clinic on Fulton Avenue, was convicted in two incidents which took place in 2014. In the first Todd was accused of touching the breast of a longtime female patient without her consent during a psychotherapy session.

In the second Todd walked a female patient into the lobby after an evening counseling session and forcibly kissed her. The victim attempted to push him away, unsuccessfully. Todd forcibly kissed her again, but the victim was able to push him off and break his hold.

The state Department of Consumer Affairs’ website shows Todd’s clinical social worker license in suspension since July 2014.

As part of the investigation , the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department established a tip hotline. That hotline resulted in additional female clients coming forward who said they experienced sexually inappropriate behavior by Todd during counseling sessions, the district attorney’s office said.

Documents obtained by The Bee in 2014 indicate that Todd’s practice included contracts with the Sheriff’s Department where he provided “police psychological services” in the fiscal years 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Todd faces a maximum potential sentence of two years in county jail and registration as a sex offender. He will be sentenced in November.

Edward Ortiz: 916-321-1071, @edwardortiz

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