Burlington therapist convicted of exploitation

A judge has found a former Burlington therapist guilty of sexually exploiting a patient who was suffering from depression.

The Hawk Eye reports Des Moines County District Judge Mary Ann Brown on Thursday found 41-year-old Scott Eugene Bair guilty of sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee.

Court documents state that last July, Bair started counseling a woman suffering from depression. Prosecutors argued that after she sought treatment at a West Burlington center, Bair asked him to come to his private practice in his home. He had her complete paperwork defining hugging and kissing as part of her therapy.

A sexual relationship ensued, and after the woman told a former boyfriend about the relationship he contacted the counseling center, which investigated.

Sentencing is set for July 7.