Metro psychiatrist charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a patient

Gavin Meany. Photo: Dakota County
Gavin Meany.

Updated: September 17, 2019 04:04 PM

A psychiatrist from Apple Valley has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after allegedly touching a patient sexually during and outside of sessions.

Court records indicate that Gavin Patrick Meany, 38, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A criminal complaint states the victim began seeing Meany as her psychiatrist in August 2015 at a clinic in St. Louis Park for several reasons, including past trauma involving sexual assaults and domestic abuse.

The victim said after about a year, Meany began to ask personal, sexual questions that didn't seem relevant to what they were discussing and began touching her. According to the complaint, the victim said she followed Meany to his new practice in 2017 after he was fired. Then, the touching began to escalate. The victim told police Meany began to make comments about her body and also started touching her sexually, and began to digitally penetrate her.

The complaint states the victim told police she was shocked in the moments, but believed it was OK because she believed, as her doctor, he wouldn't hurt her.

In 2018, she began to see Meany at his new clinic in Burnsville, and said the touching became even more intense. The complaint states Meany began to touch her under her clothing. In the spring of 2018, they met at a coffee shop and proceeded to Meany's home and had sex.

According to the complaint, the woman told police she developed deeper feelings for Meany and told him she loved him, and that Meany told her he loved her. In the fall of 2018, they went on a "date."

After Meany left the country for several months at the end of 2018 and into 2019, their appointments resumed and Meany continued touching her and digitally penetrating her.

Earlier this year, the woman told police she confided in a colleague about what was occurring with Meany, and the person told her it was wrong and encouraged her to talk to a professional. After telling a new therapist, law enforcement was notified.

The complaint states Meany admitted to authorities that he crossed boundaries with the victim and said he knew it was wrong. The complaint also states he admitted to meeting with the woman at a coffee shop and having sex at his home while his wife and son were out of town, and said he touched the victim and digitally penetrated her during sessions regularly.

Each count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a fine between $9,000 and $30,000, or both.

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