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Monday, September 12, 2011

Harford child psychologist pleads guilty to abusing 3 girls

By Mary Gail Hare
The Baltimore Sun
August 22, 2011

A Harford County child psychologist pleaded guilty Monday to child abuse and sexual assault of three young girls he had been treating at his Fallston office.

David Wayne Schrumpf, 55, of Whiteford will serve six years in prison, where he will undergo sex offender treatment, under terms of a plea agreement filed in Harford County Circuit Court. He is charged with one count of child sex abuse and two counts of second-degree assault.

Schrumpf will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. He must also surrender his license to practice psychology and cannot seek another in any jurisdiction, according to the plea agreement.

The charges arose after one 7-year-old girl reported to her mother that Schrumpf had touched her inappropriately during a session at his office. Two other victims, who were 9 and 10 years old at the time of the abuse, came forward during the investigation, county State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said. All the incidents occurred at Schrumpf's office in Fallston over a year beginning in October 2009, Cassilly said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 31 in Harford County Circuit Court before Judge Maurice Baldwin.

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Local Psychologist Arrested on Child Sex Charges
By Collin Hoofnagle, News Editor
The Patriot, John Carroll's Online Student Newspaper
December 9, 2010

In a Dec. 8 email to parents, Principal Paul Barker said that an area psychologist used by students was recently arrested on child sex charges.

According to “The Aegis,” David W. Schrumpf is a licensed psychologist with a practice in Fallston. He was charged Friday, Dec. 3, with 10 counts of third-degree sex offense and 10 counts of sex abuse of a minor.

According to the Aegis, a local woman was discussing appropriate touching with her seven-year-old daughter when the daughter mentioned her psychologist. The mother then talked to her 10 year-old daughter, who is also a patient of Strumpf’s, when the daughter said that Strumpf touches her in private places during sessions.

In the email, Barker said, “While John Carroll has no formal connection with Dr. Schrumpf, we are aware that over the years some of our students have used Dr. Schrumpf’s services for ADHD diagnostic testing or for counseling.”
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