State licensing authorities have accused a former Salt Lake social worker of misconduct with a teenage patient, according to a Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing petition.
Richard S. Swart, now living in San Jose, Calif., had counseled a 16-year-old male from April to November last year for problems associated with drug abuse, depression, sexual dysfunction and personality disorder, the petition said.In October, Swart invited the patient to his apartment, the petition said, where they disrobed and engaged in nude massages.
"Such acts were in conflict with the interests of (the patient) and constituted a deviation from accepted standards of professional skill and competence," the petition said.
Swart later admitted to a division investigator that he had engaged in nude massage with the teenage patient, the petition said.
The state now seeks formal sanctions against his certified social worker license. The petition noted that Swart voluntarily surrendered his license to the state last December and cited the allegations against him as the reason.