He was charging at her patient their intimate relationships

News 5 September, 2017
  • Photo Chantal Poirier
    The psychologist Montreal Ronald Side pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct last week. The Newspaper met him yesterday, but he declined to comment.

    Hugo Duchaine

    Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 06:30

    Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 06:30

    Look at this article

    A psychologist from Montreal, has admitted that he not only had sex for almost 10 years with a vulnerable patient, but also that he was charging their time of lovemaking.

    Ronald Side pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct last week in front of the disciplinary Council of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec. He risk a cancellation of seven years and a fine of $5,000.

    It will be the first psychologist to be hit by a penalty as severe, since, as of June, the minimum penalty is now five years for sexual misconduct. The disciplinary Board will make its decision in this matter within three months.

    The government has tightened the screw to avoid the penalties of only a few months to which the professional orders were limited. Already, the write-off of five years, watching for likely to a family doctor in Montmagny, who has admitted to having put a finger in the vagina of a patient, and a nurse accused of having slept with the sick in Montreal.

    At the cottage

    From 2003 to 2013, the psychologist Ronald Side has had sex and “committed abusive sexual nature” with his patient in his office, in his residence, but also in his chalet in Sainte-Anne-des-Lacs, according to the complaint filed by the syndicates assistant of the College of psychologists.

    The document also tells that the victim, whose identity is protected, ” consulted for issues of sexual respect sexual abuse on the part of his father [to her] of her childhood “.

    The psychologist also breached the honour of his profession by continuing to charge for the appointment of his patient with him, even if they slept together. The complaint alleged that Mr. smith ” was perceived as unfair, unreasonable and/or unjustified professional fees from his client, [ … ] but instead of sex “.

    Wine therapy

    The therapeutic methods of the psychologist are also condemned in the complaint of the syndicates assistant.

    It would, in particular, encouraged his patient to drink alcohol, explaining to him ” that the consumption of a glass of wine could help to address some of its problematic sexual “.

    Still according to the document, the psychologist was believed to have consumed alcohol in the company of his / her patient on several occasions, especially at his cottage in the Laurentians, before ” acts of abusive sexual and to have with it sexual relations “.

    Ronald Side was further placed in a conflict of interest by renting his cottage to his patient’s and has not complied with its obligations by not taking to update its folder.

    The psychologist has also hampered the investigation of the syndicates assistant last summer.

    False statements

    He has made false statements, he has refused and neglected to transmit to him her availability so that she could go to his cottage and he did not comply with two commitments with her to a meeting.

    Contacted by The Journal, the psychologist, who has since retired, did not want to explain.