Police: Frisco therapist invited young patient to his house

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 16 at 7:35 PM

FRISCO — There are new details about the arrest of a Frisco therapist who is charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old patient.

Court documents show 46-year-old Ronald Joseph Hodgkiss told the girl he loved her after allegedly assaulting her at his residence in Frisco.

According to official paperwork, the 16-year-old girl had been going to Hodgkiss' counseling office since November 2010 after having suicidal thoughts and purposely cutting herself.

Last September, the girl's mother called police when she suspected the therapist and her daughter were having an inappropriate relationship.

"The mother had seen some e-mails between her daughter and Mr. Hodgkiss. Some of the e-mails contained sexual connotations," said Frisco police spokesman Greg Barnett.

More details surfaced when the alleged victim was interviewed at the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County. Court records show the 16-year-old girl said as her therapy sessions continued, Hodgkiss began to ask more questions about her sexual history and he shared information about his sexual relationship with his wife.

The girl told investigators the last time she saw the therapist was on September 9 when his wife was out of town.

The affidavit said Hodgkiss asked her to spend the night at his house to make sure she was okay. They watched a movie and cuddled.

"She began not feeling well. She went up into one of the rooms in the house, went to sleep," Barnett said. "Later on that night or early in the morning, she woke up with Mr. Hodgkiss climbing into the bed with her and that's when the assault occurred."

The therapist has posted bail after being taken into custody at the Collin County Jail.

Frisco police are encouraging parents who have children who were treated by Hodgkiss to talk with their kids and to contact investigators if they suspect anything inappropriate took place.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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