Psychologist's Romance Results In Rare Prosecution

Defense attorneys win acquittal in case involving 'ill-advised' relationship

More than three years have passed since Guilford psychologist Alan Shulik ended a romantic relationship with a former patient that landed him in court. Shulik, 59, and licensed to practice for 30 years, wasn't accused of forcing himself on the woman, his lawyers said. Instead, he was charged under a rarely used element of the state's sexual battery law, which criminalizes relationships between mental health professionals and their patients.

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