Baton Rouge therapist accused of groping 11-year-old boy during counseling session _lowres

William Nicholas Abraham

Sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested a Baton Rouge therapist accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old client during a counseling session in early February.

The boy told investigators that the therapist, William Nicholas Abraham, 60, groped him on Feb. 3 during a counseling session at Abraham’s office on United Plaza Drive, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

In an interview with deputies, Abraham denied touching the child inappropriately, saying the only physical contact he had with his client was when he put his arm around the boy after the session, the report says.

Jarrett P. Ambeau, Abraham’s attorney, described his client as being “absolutely innocent.”

“We’re going to fight to save the good name of Dr. Abraham and his reputation,” Ambeau said.

Abraham, a well-known local therapist, is a former Catholic priest who has written and performed contemporary Christian rock music in the Baton Rouge area.

Ambeau described Abraham as a private practice therapist and counselor.

“I would hope that people would reserve their judgment about this thing until the end,” Ambeau said.

In an interview with deputies, the boy said Abraham “told him not to tell what happened during the therapy session,” according to the Sheriff’s Office report.

The boy has a new therapist now, the report says.

Abraham, 6765 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of molestation of a juvenile. He was released on bond Tuesday night.

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