- Associated Press - Saturday, December 3, 2016

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - A Gillette psychotherapist has pleaded not guilty to using his position of authority to have sex with one of his patients.

The Gillette News Record reports (bit.ly/2gZpw5m) 32-year-old Joshua Ray Popkin faces a Feb. 27 trial for second-degree sexual assault.

Court records say Popkin met the woman while he interned at Campbell County Memorial Hospital and she was a patient seeking therapy for mental health issues due to a previous rape.

The woman said she was seeing another therapist this spring when Popkin called her suggesting he treat her because he had worked with her before.

Prosecutors say Popkin suggested the therapy sessions be held at his house, and then her house, and then suggested kissing her was part of her therapy. The woman reported they used marijuana and had sex one night in June.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com

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