Therapist Facing Sex Assault Allegations Makes First Court Appearance

Credit: Darrell Wainright

A Colorado Springs therapist facing allegations of sexually assaulting clients made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Darrell Wainright, a former therapist at Peak View Behavioral Health, was appointed a public defender in court Wednesday. His bond hearing was scheduled for July 12.

According to arrest papers, Wainright slept with two women he met at a PTSD therapy group that he oversaw. Detectives were alerted in April after they say one of the alleged victims came forward. She told police that Wainright started out flirting and making sexual comments about her following therapy sessions. They allegedly went out drinking together, which the woman said led to sex.

The woman told officers that the second time she and Wainright had sex, another woman in her therapy group joined in. Police say they questioned the second woman, who confirmed the first woman's account.

In both cases, the women were adults and the sex was consensual; police say the problem is that Wainright was their therapist at the time of the alleged incidents, which is a class 4 felony.

Wainright was arrested in mid-June, and is currently out on bond. He was fired from his job back in April when the allegations first emerged. However, his license to practice wasn't suspended until Tuesday. 11 News reporter Dustin Cuzick contacted the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) Tuesday after seeing that his status was still listed as "active." The status has since been changed to "summary suspension."