2/6/2014 10:53:00 AM Criminal sexual conduct conviction results in four-year sentence
Over-stepping client-doctor relationship boundaries has landed a former local psychotherapist a four-year state prison sentence. The criminal sexual conduct occured in his first year working independently with patients.
Levi Chen Wah Leong, 38, was based in St. Croix Falls, when incidents were investigated by Lakes Area Police-- leading to Leong being convicted of third degree sexual conduct by a jury in October 2013. Sexual contact with his patient took place in 2011 in Chisago County where she resided. At trial Leong maintained his actions were mis-interpreted. February 5 in district court in Center City, Leong was ordered by Judge John McBride to serve 48 months and supervised probation of up to 10 years following release is possible.
Leong will pay an unidentified amount of restitution to his victim and court fines and fees and will submit a DNA sample for records. Leong will be incarcerated in Minnesota, although he reportedly quit his job at the clinic in St. Croix Falls and had moved to Michigan in Sept. 2012.