KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A pastoral psychotherapist at a behavioral health center is accused of battering a female patient on multiple occasions, according to the Kissimmee Police Department.
The victim contacted police on Dec. 27 and she said that she had been a patient of Gerardo "Jerry" James DeJesus, Ph.D., at Mindful Behavioral Healthcare on East Oak Street for the past three months.
She said DeJesus touched her multiple times in an "unwanted manner, outside of the scope of his care," according to a news release.
He was arrested Friday on three counts of battery.
Mindful Behavioral Healthcare's website lists DeJesus as an adolescent and adult psychotherapist who treats anxiety, depression, dreams and self-destructive behavioral patterns. He is also an Episcopal priest, according to the website.
News 6 contacted the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida on Friday night for a comment, and Bishop Greg Brewer said he hadn't heard about the arrest until he received our email.
"I am deeply grieved," he said. "All of our clergy go through a rigorous screening and training regarding sexual misconduct before they can be licensed to serve in this Diocese. Jerry de Jesus went through all of the required training. My heart goes out to the accuser and all who have been affected by this tragedy."
News 6 has contacted Mindful Behavioral Healthcare for a comment about the arrest. This post will be updated when a reply is received.
Officials at the Osceola County Jail told News 6 that DeJesus has posted his $3,000 bond, but he will not walk out of the jail until Saturday morning at the earliest. They said conditions must be set before he's allowed to be released.
Kissimmee police have asked that any other potential victims call them at 407-846-3333.