Mental health therapist suspended in November now under arrest for alleged sexual assault of patient
NASHUA — Mark Phillips, an independent clinical social worker based in Nashua who was suspended in November by state licensure officials in the wake of allegations he sexually assaulted two patients is now facing criminal charges, the result of his arrest last week by Nashua police.
Phillips, 56, of 7 Bancroft St., Apt. 103, Nashua, is, or was, associated with the New England Center for Comprehensive Counseling’s Nashua practice, at 65 Technology Way, Suite 1E3, according to various Websites.
He was licensed to practice in New Hampshire in April 2015, according to the state Office of Professional Licensure and Certification’s Board of Mental Health Practice.
Representatives of the board in November issued an “immediate emergency suspension” of Phillips, in response to a complaint “alleging professional misconduct” it received on Nov. 5, according to the Preliminary Agreement Not to Practice reached with Phillips.
The board, according to the agreement, received a second complaint on Nov. 18, also alleging professional misconduct.
The allegations that led to the board’s action were reported to Nashua police on Oct. 25, according to a police report. Police said detectives launched an investigation after a parent filed a report alleging that her son had been “inappropriately touched” by his therapist, whom they identified as Phillips.
Detectives determined through their months-long investigation that Phillips had allegedly “repeatedly made inappropriate gestures and sexual advances directed at” the alleged victim, who police identified only as a juvenile.
Investigators also determined that Phillips allegedly sexually assaulted the juvenile “on several different occasions,” and that he allegedly “threatened the juvenile, if he did not comply with his demands,” police said.
Arresting officers charged Phillips with one count each of aggravated felonious sexual assault — pattern, a special felony, and criminal threatening, a Class A misdemeanor.
He was booked on the charges and later released on personal recognizance bail pending arraignment, which is currently scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.
Police ask that anyone who may have additional information on this case, or any other unreported incidents involving allegations against Phillips, contact police headquarters at 594-3500 or call the department’s Crime Line at 589-1665.
Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.