Alfonso Bustamante, Psychologist Brother of Santa Ana Pervert Councilman Carlos, Facing Ethics Lawsuit For Alleged Affair with Female Patient

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Carlos: Oh, brother
The twin brother of an embattled Santa Ana councilman arrested earlier this month on multiple sexual battery charges is facing his own messy ethics scandal.

A lawsuit filed this week in Orange County Superior Court accuses Alfonso Bustamante of repeatedly abusing his position as a licensed psychologist by secretly engaging in a "side relationship" with the female half of a married couple seeking counseling.

Damien Edwards claims in his seven-page lawsuit that Bustamante--who is the married brother of Carlos Bustamante, the disgraced Republican politician--is guilty of professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of confidentiality and intentional infliction of emotion distress.

"[Bustamante] actively undermined the martial relationship between the plaintiff and his wife and did so at least in part because he had an ongoing, yet undisclosed, dual relationship with plaintiff's wife," the lawsuit states. "The undisclosed dual relationship negatively impacted treatment and, in effect, guaranteed that the plaintiff's relationship with his wife would suffer as a result."

Edwards' lawyer, John L. Fleer of Walnut Creek, also accused Bustamante of violating the American Psychological Association code of ethics as well as California's business and professional codes.

According to the lawsuit, Edwards began to suspect something was wrong during the summer of 2011 when Bustamante allegedly "exhibited increasingly hostility toward" him and "acted increasingly as an advocate" for his wife."

He also accuses the veteran psychologist of raising his voice and yelling obscenities at him during therapy sessions.

"[Bustamante's] actions were particularly harmful because they violated Edwards' trust that the therapist was going to put forth his best efforts to help the married couple," the lawsuit alleges.

Edwards claims he and his wife legally separated in October 2011 and afterwards learned of the "dual relationship" Bustamante had with his wife.

Two month later, Bustamante gave Edwards' wife a one-sided "treatment summary" that she used with an Orange County Family Law judge in a child custody dispute.

The judge apparently was unaware of Bustamante's alleged "dual relationship" in the matter.

Bustamante, who has often been seen driving a white convertible Bentley around the city and was previously accused of being a slumlord, has not yet filed a formal response in court and someone in his office at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) said he wasn't available for comment this afternoon.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, has been assigned to Superior Court Judge Franz Miller.

In the councilman's criminal case, multiple women have accused him of using his power as a high ranking local government executive to commit sex crimes against them.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who is prosecuting the councilman, has described the crimes as disgustingly perverted; the councilman insists he is innocent.

For years, the Bustamante brothers--both articulate and relatively well off--have commanded influence in Santa Ana political, governmental and business circles.

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Ell4
Ell4

It's life get over it!! there is kids being abused and starving People In this world! You think she didn't know what was happening really please as woman we are powerful and men are our puppets to work our wonders.... And she did what men do! .She worked him it's obvious helloooo! Who cares!!'help all the little kids and woman being killed by crazy people in this world... And if the ladies husband was smart enjoy uour life and let her be it's ok !! And If your crazy good for her its meant to be! In therapy you know what you want out of it and discover who u are!!! If u don't know it's not anyone's job it's it's YOURS to know !! Don't put your life o someone's hand!!!!

Ell4
Ell4

It's life get over it!! there is kids being abused and starving People In this world! U think she didn't know what was happening really please as woman we are powerful and men are our puppets to work our wonders.... And she did did what men do! .She worked him it's obvious helloooo! Who cares!!'help all the little kids and woman being killed by crazy people in this world... And if the ladies husband was smart enjoy uour life and let her be it's ok !! And If your crazy good for her it meant to be!

abba44abba
abba44abba

Per the booklet  "Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex" by The California Department of Consumer Affairs.

 

"Professional psychotherapy never includes sex. It also never includes verbal sexual advances or any other kind of sexual contact or behavior. Sexual contact of any kind between a therapist and a patient is unethical and illegal in the state of California. Additionally, with regard to former patients, sexual contact within two years after termination of therapy is also illegal and unethical.

 

Sexual contact between a therapist and a patient can also be harmful to the patient. Harm may arise from the therapist's exploitation of the patient to fulfill his or her own needs or desires, and from the therapist's loss of the objectivity necessary for effective therapy. All therapists are trained and educated to know that this kind of behavior is inappropriate and can result in the revocation of their professional license.

 

Therapists are trusted and respected, and it is common for patients to admire and feel attracted to them. However, a therapist who accepts or encourages these normal feelings in a sexual way - or tells a patient that sexual involvement is part of therapy - is using the trusting therapy relationship to take advantage of the patient. And once sexual involvement begins, therapy for the patient ends. The original issues that brought the patient to therapy are postponed, neglected, and sometimes lost.

 

Many people who endure this kind of abusive behavior from therapists suffer harmful, long-lasting emotional and psychological effects. Family life and friendships are often disrupted, or sometimes ruined.

 

California's lawmakers, licensing boards, professional associations and ethical therapists want such inappropriate sexual behavior stopped. This booklet was developed to help patients who have been sexually exploited by their therapists. It outlines their rights and options for reporting what happened. It also defines therapist sexual exploitation, gives warning signs of unprofessional behavior, presents a "Patient Bill of Rights," and answers some frequently asked questions."

 

California Department of Consumer Affairs

1-800-952-5210

www.dca.ca.gov

OCWeakly
OCWeakly

I like how R Scott Moxley writes in such a manner that leads me to no other conclusion that Carlos Bustamante is guilty.  The subtle shift to the councilman's case at the end (wait, it must have something to do with the psychologist, right?  Genetics and that sort of thing) of the article and the most damning of all evidence, the white convertible Bentley,  are fair and balanced journalism at its finest.  And he is an accused slumlord to boot?  Let's skip the trial and let Gustavo be judge and jury.  Thanks for the muckracking and dragging people's names through the mud with accusations! 

busty
busty

It is ILLEGAL for a therapist to have a relationship with a patient outside therapy. 

 

Read "Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex" published by State of California Department of Consumer Affairs.

curiouserrr
curiouserrr

Article content, validity and interest aside, it is extremely difficult to assign any credibility to ANYTHING put in writing wherein the writer and/or his/her EDITOR seem(s) to have forgotten basic, (3rd grade), English language grammar, spelling and punctuation.  

Does ANYONE monitor the written word anymore? 

As the saying goes, it is better to be thought a fool than to [remove the cap from your pen] and remove all doubt.  

leila.smith85
leila.smith85

Damien dont waste your time making drama, dont lie man!!!  pay the child support and spuse support!!! 

Johnny_K
Johnny_K

Man this guy taught at Santiago Canyon College in Orange. He was my Counseling 116 professor and look at him now. He had it fucking made too, seriously was wealthy and mentally competent as fuck but that still doesn't prevent anyone from doing stupid ass shit.

ToddSputnik
ToddSputnik

It seems like los hermanos Bustamante like lots of sex.  They will have lots of sex in prison.  Please, enjoy!

James Hall
James Hall

Typical chicano trash!! I'm Not Suprised..

Elisa Espinoza
Elisa Espinoza

who knows what went on in their childhood. It's sick all the way around. Lifetime flick coming up...

Shannon L Welch
Shannon L Welch

his twin brother.. that's pathetic. their parents must be SO proud.

Narin S Chim
Narin S Chim

He need to get his life together,Instead getting in trouble.With sex scandale.

busty
busty

 @leila.smith85

 Sounds like someone is a disgruntled ex lover.  You knew he was married with children.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @Mitchell_Young And our favorite White supremacist is BACK! Hung out with skins during your summer vacay, Mitchie?

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