Updated: March 7, 2013 10:20AM
A psychologist was sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to having sexual conduct with a depressed patient at a mental health center.
Dr. Robert Eizenga, of Tinley Park, was charged with sexual misconduct with a disabled person and official misconduct, Chicago police said.
Eizenga pleaded guilty Jan. 22 and was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution, Cook County state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon said Tuesday.
Eizenga was a forensic psychologist employed by the state Department of Human Services for more than 20 years, according to prosecutors.
At the time of the incidents, he was working at the Tinley Park Mental Health Center at 7400 W. 183rd St. as court liaison to the state’s attorney’s office and the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.
Prosecutors said that on April 25, 2010, a 45-year-old woman was admitted as an inpatient suffering from depression. A few days later, Eizenga took her into a conference room and said he would try to help her.
A couple of days later, Eizenga told her he was her friend and wanted to help her get an apartment, court records show. He told the victim he had a “sex addiction,” was going to get divorced and was going make her “feel better.”
He rubbed her leg and said he could get her a job, prosecutors said, then fondled her, exposed himself and told the victim to perform a sex act on him, threatening he could keep her in the facility or send her to the Read Mental Health Center if she did not comply.
She performed oral sex because she believed he would force her to remain at the center, though she was there voluntarily, prosecutors said.
After a second similar encounter, the victim told her sister, who had her sister discharged. On the day the victim was discharged, Eizenga went to her room and gave her $20 and his business card, prosecutors said.
He later called the woman and bought her a cell phone and later gave her $100 to “keep her mouth shut,” court records show. On May 12, 2010, the victim called the facility to make a complaint and Eizenga was placed on administrative leave.
On Oct. 13, Illinois State Police arrested him and he gave a handwritten statement admitting he told the victim he had a sex addiction and was getting divorced, but claiming the victim wanted to have sex with him.
He also admitted fondling her and giving her $20 but said the woman asked for $500 and a bus ticket to Atlanta before he stopped communicating with her.