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Therapist charged in child sex crime accused before

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A licensed therapist from Henrico is accused of inappropriate sexual activity with a child. Scott G. Henry is at Pamunkey Jail right now charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Deputies say the victim is his own patient being treated at a Fredericksburg counseling center.

NBC12 investigated and learned Henry was accused before, but kept his license.

There are documents showing Henry went before the state board before - accused of inappropriately touching a 6-year-old boy who was his patient. But the case was closed and Henry continued to work with children.

Now, another juvenile victim is accusing him, and investigators say there are more victims.

A guardian reported the most recent alleged abuse. Investigators say the child was being treated at Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, a counseling center in Fredericksburg. 

The 67-year-old is from Henrico. NBC12 went to his neighborhood and showed neighbors a photo of him. They confirmed he's lived at a home on Beverly Drive for years.

Corana Lopez lives next door with her children.

"Oh my God, I can't believe it," she said.

Deborah and Tom Brown say they've known Henry for years. They say he went to community picnics and was seen walking his dog.

"He's a great guy. He's been a wonderful neighbor," says Deborah.

"My overall impression is he's a decent person and I've been comfortable having him as a neighbor a couple houses down," says Tom.

The charges against Henry are shocking to neighbors, but NBC12  found an allegation dating back to 2007. In an official notice from the Virginia Board of Counseling, Henry was called before the board. It says a 6-year-old boy who was a patient at RACPS said the therapist put his hands in the boys pants and touched him in the genital area.  But about a year later, the board exonerated Henry and closed the case.

It says,"…the committee concluded you did not violate any statutes or regulations governing the practice of professional counseling."

Henry continued to work at RACPS until his arrest this week. Henry's neighbors say they want to hear all the facts.

"It's speculation and tends to cause anxiety in people," says Tom.

Investigators say the most recent victim is not the same boy from earlier allegations.  Henry is now in jail being held without bond.  His next court date is December 14.

The Caroline County Sheriff's office is urging anyone who thinks they may have been a victim to come forward.  You can call the sheriff's office at 804-633-5400 or Investigator Kristel DiGravio at 804-633-8064 or Cindy Gatewood, a Crime/Victim Witness Advocate at 804-633-8037.

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