A former Richfield psychologist, whose license was suspended in November by state licensing authorities, has entered into a diversionary agreement with the 6th Circuit Court to settle charges of sexually abusing minors.
In the nine-point agreement, Laurence C. Reiser, now living in Salt Lake City, waived his right to a speedy trial and agreed not to violate laws of any political subdivision or order issued by the court. He also agrees to undergo treatment at the Intermountain Sexual Abuse Treatment Center or a similar program at his own expense.It was stipulated that Reiser would not engage in counseling of minors or allow any male minor to be in his company unless accompanied by another responsible adult. He acknowledged in the written agreement that he had taken inappropriate liberties with male minors and that he is in need of treatment to rectify his conduct.
Prosecution of Reiser will be stayed, and the information filed with the court will also be dismissed after three years of full compliance with the agreement.
Reiser has been charged by the Sevier County attorney's office with five counts of forcible sexual abuse. The charges involved male youths at the Sorenson Ranch in Koo-sharem and the Rowlett Group Home in Austin, both in Sevier County.
Following filing of the sex abuse charges, the state Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing issued an emergency suspension of Reiser's license. The division's petition for suspension accused Reiser of sexually molesting eight juveniles and attempting to molest another male juvenile during therapy sessions at the Sorenson Ranch and Rowlett Group Home.