Patient defends psychologist accused of sexually assaulting another patient


by WHAS11

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- He's a licensed clinical psychologist and tonight he's accused of sexually assaulting a male patient.

Police say Michael York took advantage of the victim while he was unconscious, and couldn't consent to the sexual act.

 “He loves his patients more than he loves himself,” a patient of York who does not want to be identified, said.

The Michael York this patient says he knows is a caring responsible drug and alcohol addiction counselor.  He can't imagine the clinical psychologist would do what he's accused of: sexually assaulting an unconscious patient.

“Never ever, and I've been with him for a long time,” York’s patient said.

This patient said he did not want to be identified because he doesn't want his battle with drug and alcohol addiction made public. For two years he's been treated by York, and was surprised when multiple police officers showed up to the therapists' St. Matthews office on Wednesday, Aug. 28.  The office was closed when WHAS11 arrived on Friday but police say it was here that York groped a male patient.

Police say there is a recording of the assault.

But this patient doesn't buy it.

“I can just imagine it being taken out of context because he's a hands on person, he'll pat you on the shoulder, he'll give you a hug,” York’s patient said.

York is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor in Indiana where he lives. But his Kentucky license has expired.  Nevertheless, this patient claims York provides excellent care, which he believes may have made the therapist a target.

“Some of these people who have been abusing drugs don't like to hear no, and when they hear no some of them become vengeful in their actions,” York’s patient said.

He believes York’s name will be cleared, for the therapist's sake and that of those who benefit from his counseling.

“He has saved my life and I know there's a lot of other lives that need saving also,” York’s patient said.