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Judge warns former psychotherapist bond will be revoked after victim is contacted

Case continued due to COVID-19
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Posted at 1:12 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 14:09:46-04

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- A psychotherapist accused of sex crimes at a Virginia children’s hospital was warned by a judge Monday that his bond will be revoked if his wife contacts his alleged victim again.

Hershel Mickey Harden appeared in New Kent County Circuit Court for a status hearing Monday morning.

The judge continued the hearing until September 14, because attorneys needed more time for discovery due to the COVID pandemic.

During the September hearing, Harden will have to decide whether he wants a jury or bench trial and a trial date will be set or he will have to enter a plea.

Harden has been charged with two counts of object sexual penetration by force. The 72-year-old was a psychotherapist at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents.

Investigators say the crimes happened in 2018 and 2019, and the Virginia Attorney General’s office confirms that the victim was a former female patient at the New Kent hospital.

CBS 6 has been looking into complaints regarding Cumberland Hospital for months. CBS 6 first reported that Virginia State Police have been investigating multiple allegations of abuse and neglect at Cumberland Hospital since 2017.

The Attorney General’s office is asking anyone with information about the allegations against Harden, or other allegations at Cumberland Hospital, to contact the Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations at (804) 537-6788.