RAPIST THERAPIST: MARK BERNARDINI, 57, ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY DURING COUNSELING SESSION, TWO MONTHS AFTER SIMILAR CHARGE FROM A 19-YEAR-OLD WOMAN PATIENT

Mark Bernardini. Bernardini posted this picture of him dressed as Santa Claus on his Facebook with the caption: Therapist, Musician, Poet, Teacher

Therapist ‘sexually abused boy, 12, in his office two months after he forcibly touched female patient, 19, at his home during a therapy session’

By Rachel Quigley

PUBLISHED: 10:40 EST, 4 July 2013 |

A therapist has been charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy just two months after he was arrested on a similar charge against a 19-year-old woman.

Mark Bernardini, 57, from Westchester County, engaged in sexual contact with the boy during a counseling session in his office on Tuesday, according to police.

He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with a criminal sexual act after the boy’s parents reported him.

 
Mark Bernardini. Mark Bernardini.
 
 

Accused: Mark Bernardini, 57, from Westchester County, engaged in sexual contact with the boy during a counseling session in his office on Tuesday, according to police 

Scene: Prosecutors in Westchester County say Mark Bernardini engaged in sexual contact with the boy during a counseling session in his Bronxville office on Tuesday

Scene: Prosecutors in Westchester County say Mark Bernardini engaged in sexual contact with the boy during a counseling session in his Bronxville office on Tuesday

His bail is set at $150,000. He is being represented by the The Legal Aid Society of Westchester County, according to NBC New York.

This is not the first time Bernardini has been in trouble with the law for sexual offenses.

 He is also accused of forcibly touching a 19-year-old woman during a therapy session at his home in May. He was arrested on June 7.

His website says: ‘Mark works with all populations including individuals, marital, couples, families, children and adolescents in all areas of life’s challenges.’

 
Inside: The boy's family contacted the police, and the 57-year-old Bernardini was arrested Wednesday morning at his office, pictured

Inside: The boy’s family contacted the police, and the 57-year-old Bernardini was arrested Wednesday morning at his office, pictured

Bernardini posted this picture of him dressed as Santa Claus on his Facebook with the caption: Therapist, Musician, Poet, Teacher

Bernardini posted this picture of him dressed as Santa Claus on his Facebook with the caption: Therapist, Musician, Poet, Teacher

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356113/Mark-Bernardini-sexually-abused-boy-12-office-months-forcibly-touched-teen-patient-home-therapy.html#ixzz2YABF1Y4F
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