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Sep 23, 2016 11:18 AM

Ex-Concord psychotherapist appeals sex assault conviction for 'wrongful accusation'


CONCORD — A former Concord child psychotherapist convicted of fondling his 12-year-old patient is asking the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction due to "wrongful accusations."

READ: Concord psychotherapist charged for fondling young patient

Foad Afshar, 56 of Bow, was charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault after a boy told his parents that Afshar had fondled his genitals following a session in January 2015, police said. The boy had been a patient of Afshar's for about six weeks from 2014 to 2015.

Afshar's appellate attorney, Ted Lothstein, told the Concord Monitor that this is an important cause in order to make sure other therapists aren't deterred from working with troubled children in fear that the justice system will "fail to protect them from wrongful accusations in the future."

Along with trying to overturn his conviction, Afshar is also seeking a new trial claiming ineffective counsel.

Afshar was sentenced last month to three- to six-years in prison.

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