California military base psychiatrist accused of rape

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A psychiatrist hired by Travis Air Force Base in Northern California to help military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder has been arrested and charged with raping patients.

The Daily Republic in Fairfield, California reports Dr. Heath J. Sommer was ordered Monday to stand trial on three felony sexual assault charges after he allegedly targeted female service members in 2014 and 2015 while working at the base’s David Grant Medical Center.

Sommer was arrested earlier this month and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A telephone message for his attorney, Thomas Maas, seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Prosecutors say in court documents the 41-year-old psychiatrist used a technique called exposure therapy.

They also say he moved sessions to his home that left patients “even more traumatized.”

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