The state Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing issued an emergency suspension Friday against the license of a Richfield psychologist accused of sexually molesting teenagers at a Sevier County boys ranch and home.
According to a petition attached to the order, Laurence C. Reiser sexually molested and assaulted eight male juveniles and attempting to molest another at the Sorenson Ranch in Koosharem and the Rowlett Group Home near Richfield.The assaults against the 16- and 17-year-old boys took place during therapy sessions in 1989 and this year, the petition said.
In its petition, the division accuses Reiser of unprofessional conduct and calls for either revocation or other sanctions against his license to practice as a psychologist.
A Nov. 19 hearing on the order and petition has been set before the state licensing board for psychologists.
An Order of Immediate Suspension is a rarely used provision licensing authorities can invoke if they find a professional's conduct poses an immediate danger to the public's health, safety or welfare.
Reiser was charged last September in 6th District Court with five counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second degree felony, county attorney Don Brown said. An arraignment for Reiser, who has since moved to Salt Lake, has not been set.
The division confirmed that the incidents mentioned in its petition are some of the same that resulted in charges filed by the Sevier County attorney.