Ore. man accuses counselor of planting memories
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
ALBANY, Ore. (AP) -- A former Albany, Ore., resident is suing a family counselor and accusing him of planting false memories during counseling sessions.
The Albany Democrat-Herald reports the suit seeks $1.5 million in relief.
Stephan Skotko filed the suit against the counselor, Marion Knox, and his wife in August, and increased the damages sought this week.
Skotko says, during counseling sessions eight years ago, Knox implanted false memories in his mind and the minds of his wife and teenage children.
Skotko says in the suit that Knox coaxed him and his children to recall sexual abuse that Skotko says never happened.
Knox, who is not a licensed therapist, has denied the allegations, but acknowledges that he believes a majority of people have been sexually abused at an early age.
Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com