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Psychologist charged with child molestation

Monday, March 14, 2011 11:40 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:16 AM
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An Augusta psychologist has been charged with nonaggravated child molestation, according to the Richmond County jail website.

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Dr. Kenneth McPherson, 54, who has a practice at 2610 Central Ave., was arrested Monday.

He has a Ph.D. in psychology and offers psychotherapy as a service.

No further information was immediately available. 

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/15/11 - 05:20 am
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If true, awful. Someone in a

If true, awful. Someone in a position of trust, supposed to be helping...
What is "nonaggravated" molestation?
Still, innocent until proven guilty....

HHSgrad
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HHSgrad 03/15/11 - 07:21 am
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WRDW states that the Dr

WRDW states that the Dr exposed himself to the 8 yr old on 2 occassions and that the child saw books containing nude photos of children in the Dr's ofc. I guess that explains the "nonaggravated" molestion. There apparently was no physical contact with the child. This is just awful. Why would an 8 yr old be left alone anyways? Doesn't someone else have to be present when a minor is involved? Apparently not. I hope this Dr pays dearly for what he has done to this child.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/15/11 - 07:58 am
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Aparently the parent is not

Aparently the parent is not alloud to be present in his office during a session but can request to have the session recorded. She was never given that option or she would have done so I'm sure. You would think that you could trust your childs psychologist this just proves you can't trust anyone. I am sick to my stomach to hear that someone who is supose to be helping an under privledged child who already has enough problems to cope with his circumstances is doing things that he knows are wrong. A doctor of psychology accused of child molestation did he not read the code of ethics does he have absolutely no morals. How dare he take advantage of his position. What was he thinking. I hope they have enough proof to make sure he doesn't do this to anyone elses child ever again. I wonder how many other parents who's children go to this doctor are now asking there children questions! Lets hope that this was stopped before he was able to do it to others. What a brave 8 year old to step up and tell someone what was going on!

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lovebugg 03/15/11 - 07:59 am
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Aggrevated molestation is

Aggrevated molestation is where a "utensil" or "toy" or something of the likes is involved... since he only showed him self & nude pictures that can't call it aggrevated..... when with a dr of his statue.. children are suppose 2 talk 2 the dr alone on some visits.... I will NOT let any of my children b alone with any dr just bc you can't even trust them these days... a person is a position of trust is more than likely going 2 be an offender since they have such easy access 2 our children.... this is sick!!!!!!!!!

poolmom
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poolmom 03/15/11 - 08:20 am
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Under no circumstance would I

Under no circumstance would I allow my child to be alone with any Dr. We as parents are the only ones who can protect our children. I would insist that I go in with them or be able to view from behind a 2 way mirror.

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gingermitchell 03/15/11 - 08:38 am
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Ken McPherson is an

Ken McPherson is an upstanding citizen and a successful professional.

Before people who do not know him judge him...realize who is making these statements--a child in need of help. He has helped more children than anyone can image. I hope that this child gets help. Let me say this again...do not judge him on the basis of one child, look at all the lives he has helped. Hopefully, he can still help this precious child. We have no idea what this child has gone through. All we can do is pray for the child and for Ken.

Ken stay strong and our family cares about you and your family.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/15/11 - 08:49 am
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Are you implying that this

Are you implying that this child is lying just because of his diabilities??? As a child I was molested and everyone thought I was lying until the man admitted it! You have to believe your children and trust your parental instincts. Where would a child who doesn't have a father figure in his life come up with these things he has said if they were not true.They had to have some sort of proof to back up the childs story to make an arrest yes he is innocent until proven guilty but that doesn't mean he didn't do what this child has implied! As a doctor he should have taken steps to prevent ever being accused and taped the sessions to protect himself since no other adult was alloud to be present. Almost all doctors have to have someone else in the room these days just as a witness and it should be mandatory.

OhWell
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OhWell 03/15/11 - 10:07 am
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"Ken McPherson is an

"Ken McPherson is an upstanding citizen and a successful professional." I have known many people in my lifetime I thought this of to see them fall from glory. I know he is guilty until proven guilty but these arrest are not made without some basis of evidence. If proven guilty he should be punished to the full extent of the law.

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happychimer 03/15/11 - 10:18 am
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Most of the time, children

Most of the time, children tell the truth. A parent usually knows when their child is lying. A child will tell everything they know. Listen to your children. Let them know they can always talk to you about anything.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/15/11 - 10:24 am
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It does not matter how

It does not matter how upstanding professional the man is. There was enough evidence to arrest him. I hope he gets what he deserves, if he is guilty. child molesters go where the kids are...school, church, scouts, playgrounds, dr offices, etc.

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Casting_Fool 03/15/11 - 11:25 am
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My other post was censored.

My other post was censored. Okay. I'm still adamant that there's a group mind here that "convicts" people before anyone's proven that they're actually guilty.

If the guy is guilty, then just about nothing is too harsh for him in punishment. But until it's proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did what he's accused of, it's not up to us to convict him in the court of public opinion.

"happychimer", you stated that "Most of the time, children tell the truth..." Most of the time, anyone, especially a child, will lie if given the chance. It's human nature to protect yourself at any cost.

Many times it's been shown that children can be malicious or even just confused about an incident of that nature.

I just think that we should reserve judgment until the law proves his guilt or supports his innocence.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/15/11 - 12:00 pm
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That's alot better said than

That's alot better said than your first comment!!! I don't know why they censored us what happend to freedom of speech and the right to debate?

happychimer
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happychimer 03/15/11 - 12:15 pm
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AC even removed parts of the

AC even removed parts of the original story, such as evidence was found at his office.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/15/11 - 12:22 pm
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casting law enforcement found

casting law enforcement found enough evidence to charge him. Now the court will handle him. If he is guilty, I hope he gets everything he deserves and more. I look for this story to be removed, or the comments suspended, because I don't know how close he is to the staff of AC. Other stories are removed for no apparent reason too.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/15/11 - 12:23 pm
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I know I don't get that? As a

I know I don't get that? As a parent I would love to know what evidence they have but it will all come out eventually!

Indigo
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Indigo 03/15/11 - 01:03 pm
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When a simple arrest is made,

When a simple arrest is made, I see little value in allowing comments here AC. There's just too much speculation. We have no idea what or if anything happened yet the comment authors have already convicted and executed the guy.

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AutumnLeaves 03/15/11 - 01:30 pm
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Casting_fool and Indigo, I

Casting_fool and Indigo, I agree.

poolmom
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poolmom 03/15/11 - 02:13 pm
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They would not have arrested

They would not have arrested him if they had no proof!

whyme
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whyme 03/15/11 - 02:15 pm
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Yes, a child's report should

Yes, a child's report should be taken seriously and yes, he should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Readers, keep in mind that such stories help sell papers regardless of the truth behind the article. People are damaged on both sides by the actual issue and worsened by comments posted on here.

Indigo
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Indigo 03/15/11 - 02:17 pm
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Sure, they wouldnt arrest him

Sure, they wouldnt arrest him on a whim, but stranger things have happened. What if this was YOU and YOU didnt DO IT? How would you want comments to be?

I feel opening comments in this instance is in poor judgment.

poolmom
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poolmom 03/15/11 - 02:49 pm
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I would never do such a sick

I would never do such a sick thing! So I would not have to worry about what people say.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/15/11 - 05:01 pm
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Maybe (I don't really know,

Maybe (I don't really know, not being a psychologist or psychiatrist) there might be some reason to show a child naked pictures of another child in the course of therapy. Maybe.
But there could NEVER be a reason to show a child your own genitals!
Still, folks, remember, innocent until proven guilty.
(OhWell -- Your 11:07 post said "I know he is guilty until proven guilty"!!!)

corgimom
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corgimom 03/15/11 - 05:48 pm
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For the people saying that a

For the people saying that a child usually tells the truth- you should hear the tall tales that the kids tell me at school. No, children don't always tell the truth, and it's even worse when it's a child with already existing problems.

And you don't take children to psychologists because they are well-adjusted and coping with life just fine.

"Where would a child who doesn't have a father figure in his life come up with these things he has said if they were not true.They had to have some sort of proof to back up the childs story to make an arrest yes he is innocent until proven guilty but that doesn't mean he didn't do what this child has implied!"

How does anyone know that there's a lack of a father figure in the child's life? No one even knows if it's a boy or a girl that said that. And no, there doesn't have to be any proof. If some child made that accusation against you, how would you "prove" that it did or didn't happen?

Teachers, doctors, psychologists, parents, babysitters- they are all vulnerable to this type of thing. All it takes is one accusation- and there goes a career.

Before some of you say "Children don't know about those things", oh, I am here to tell you different. Last week a kindergartener told me that he went to an R rated movie- with his parents- and yes, it was an R-rated movie, that included sexual content. People have HBO and Cinemax and think nothing of watching those movies in front of their children.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 03/15/11 - 07:32 pm
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poolmom wrote; "I would never

poolmom wrote; "I would never do such a sick thing! So I would not have to worry about what people say."

He may not have done anything either. Innocent until proven guilty by a Jury of his peers in a properly convened court of law.
We pray everything works out for everyone involved.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/15/11 - 07:55 pm
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He is my nephew !

He is my nephew !

freeradical
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freeradical 03/15/11 - 08:02 pm
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Anyone whose business puts

Anyone whose business puts them alone , one on one with a child , not

their own, in this day and age and does not video record every second

of the encounter for their own protection is asking for trouble, no matter

how innocent they are.

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soldout 03/15/11 - 08:27 pm
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corgimom; good wisdom, good

corgimom; good wisdom, good advice. Teachers see it all.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 03/15/11 - 08:56 pm
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They may have removed the

They may have removed the "evidence" from the article because it was stuff that was normally used in the doctors office, or someone incorrectly testified that the stuff was there when it wasn't. I have no idea. I've been told and seen for myself that they use naked kid dolls in therapy with children.

I've also seen how kids can associate a bad experience with someone other than the perpetrator. Doctors face this potentially damaging situation every time that they deal with kids.

If the guy is guilty, then punish him, but prove that he's guilty first, and in a court of law, not in a newspaper forum.

KellyRay
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KellyRay 03/15/11 - 09:31 pm
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It seems that people are

It seems that people are being really quick to discredit the child here just because this man is a doctor. As his Aunt yes he is autistic yes he gets on my nerves at times but I will stand behind him every step of the way. I hope that the evidence they do have is strong enough to convict for his sake. I know him well enough to know that what has been said was not coached in any way and I believe him. I don't really care what everyone else thinks he is not the type of child to just lie about someone he cares about, he cared about Dr. Mcpearson when he saw his face on the news he said "mama that's my doctor mama" and he asked my mom "if he was ok"... he said a few minutes later "I hope he is not mad at me mama because I told on him mama" and my mom who has raised him since birth said no baby he is not mad at you!! until you live it it's easy to judge but you have to go with your instincts and for the weeks that the investigation that led to his arrest has been going on you either feel it or you don't ...at first I even questioned just because it was such a strong accusation against a Dr. none the less but after I heard the whole story I had to follow my gut I know this child and I know he is not lying! if you knew him you would be amazed at how honest he is cause he doesn't know how to keep a secret autistic kids are not troubled... they want to learn and fix things there minds over act in a way that makes them very real at a young age there first instinct is to tell the truth especially when they are young they don't concentrate long enough to think up a lie and tell it or even remember a lie they do however remember reality very clearly and I wont comment any further you guys will just have to wait and see for yourself!

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happygolucky229 03/15/11 - 09:40 pm
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Many professionals in this

Many professionals in this field do not tape sessions. This protects the client and professional. If a session is taped then it needs to be destroyed soon after. 1) It is impossible to keep a filing system for all the sessions. It's just not practical to do that. 2) The professional/agency is responsible for the security of the recordings also. If someone (ex: breaking and entering) were to get ahold of the recordings (and personal information of a client was explosed) it can be breach confidentiality and can be detremental to the client.

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