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Sacramento psychotherapist sentenced to jail for sexual battery, exploitation

A Sacramento psychotherapist convicted of sexual battery and sexual exploitation has been sentenced to nine months in county jail.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Cheryl Meegan on Thursday also placed 72-year-old Marvin Todd on three years formal probation, and ordered him to make restitution and to have no contact with the victims. In addition, Todd will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

A jury in October convicted Todd of sexual battery, sexual exploitation and battery in separate assaults against two patients.

On Feb. 17, 2014, Todd touched the breast of a female patient without her consent during a psychotherapy session, authorities said. On March 13, 2014, he walked a second female patient into the lobby after an evening counseling session and forcibly kissed her. The victim attempted to push him away, but was unsuccessful. When Todd forcibly kissed her again, the victim was able to push him off and break his hold, authorities said.

According to the Department of Consumer Affairs website, Todd’s clinical social worker license was suspended in 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, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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 fiscal years 2003-04, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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