Psychiatrist Faces Questioning in Alleged Clergy Sex-Abuse Case

By Tom Sharpe
The New Mexican
August 9, 2006

A Santa Fe psychiatrist has been ordered to turn over his medical records for a client who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Mobile, Ala.

George Greer, who works with the Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, on Tuesday declined comment on the subpoena, which was issued last week.

Greer must appear for an Aug. 18 deposition at Eldorado Hotel in a case brought by Linda Ledet against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile and bring his records of his treatment of Ledet.

Ledet, an Alabama lawyer, artist and former parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mobile, claims that beginning in 1997, the Rev. Paul Zoghby tried to sexually assault her and threatened to destroy her family if she didn't keep quiet.

Ledet, 48, says the archdiocese broke its 2002 agreement with her to pay for her counseling, to send Zoghby for counseling and to put him where he couldn't harm others.

F. Grey Redditt, a Mobile lawyer representing the archdiocese and its archbishop, the Most Rev. Oscar H. Lipscomb, said he asked for Greer to be subpoenaed because he treated Ledet. "It's just a breach-of-contract suit ... involving payment of some medical bills," Redditt said. "Nothing exciting."

The New Mexico Medical Board certified Greer to practice psychiatry in 1981, five years after he graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston.

The Life Healing Center of Santa Fe, based southeast of the city, offers treatment programs for trauma, chemical dependency, eating disorders and sexual addictions

"We teach mindfulness-based skills, yoga and offer massage, body-based psychotherapies and equine-assisted therapy, all of which offer ways to access the same result: embodied, here-and-now awareness and an increasingly more expansive sense of self," the center's Web site says.

The Web site says Greer is experienced in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. "His orientation is to prescribe medication only when absolutely necessary, and as sparingly as possible," it says.

According to the subpoena issued Aug. 2 by state District Judge Daniel Sanchez, Greer must turn over medical records on Ledet; correspondence, documents and written notes on communication with her, her husband or lawyers; records used in forming opinions about Ledet; a copy of his expert report; copies of bills in the case; copies of complaints made against him; his résumé; lists of matters in which he has previously been retained or testified; prior testimony on the Ledet case; copies of documents notifying Greer of a review and/or audit of his medical-office bills or billing records; and a copy of all prescriptions for medications given to Ledet.

According to the Mobile Register, the archdiocese previously subpoenaed documents from an Alabama representative of The Linkup, a Kentucky-based group that advocates for victims of sexual abuse. The national president of The Linkup has said the archdiocese is trying to create "a chilling effect" on those who seek to share their traumatic episodes.

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