Victorville therapist accused of sexually abusing developmentally disabled patient




VICTORVILLE >> A licensed therapist is accused of sexually abusing a mentally disabled woman during one of their sessions in his Victorville office, and detectives feel more victims may be out there, officials said.

Gregory Harmeling, 45 of Victorville was arrested late Thursday morning on suspicion of sexual penetration with a foreign object and abuse of a dependent adult, San Bernardino County sheriff’s booking records show. Harmeling has since been released after posting $100,000 bail.

Investigators with the Victorville station learned the victim had gone to a counseling session with Harmeling in early December at his office at 15000 Seventh St. He also has an office at 1406 Bailey Ave. in Needles, officials said.

During her second visit, Harmeling allegedly began brushing the woman’s hair and eventually began touching her in an inappropriate manner, according to a sheriff’s department statement.

Harmeling reportedly locked the door to his office, “pushed the victim on to her back, climbed on top of her and sexually assaulted her,” the statement read.

Despite protesting attack, investigators say Harmeling continued for several minutes.

Detectives were able to gather information supporting the allegations made by the victim, according to authorities. Detectives believe other victims may exist.

His profile page on Psychology Today lists Harmeling’s areas of expertise: “I specialize in working with groups such as the LGBT youth and adults, victims of crime,…

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