The Timberline Knolls residential treatment facility in Lemont, where a former counselor is accused of sexually harassing a patient.
Counselor Michael Jacksa Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges
Police arrested a counselor in Lemont and charged him with sexually assaulting a female patient during her therapy sessions at the Timberline Knolls residential treatment facility. 40-year-old Michael Jacksa was employed as a licensed therapist at the facility before he was arrested. According to the police, he sexually assaulted a patient multiple times earlier this year. He faces four felony counts of sexual assault and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Timberline Knolls is a private treatment facility for women with a variety of addiction problems, including substance abuse and eating disorders. Investigators believe Jacksa assaulted a 29-year-old female patient during two counseling sessions between May and late June 2018. Since the charges were publicly announced, Lemont police say several other former patients have contacted them with allegations that Jacksa also sexually assaulted or abused them.
Is Sexual Abuse By Counselors and Therapists Common?
Unfortunately, sexual assault and abuse by therapists and counselors is more prevalent than most of us would think. In a national survey of 1,320 psychologists, approximately half of the respondents reported assessing or treating at least one patient who had been sexually intimate with a therapist in the past. While not all of these cases involved sexual assault, any sexual contact between a therapist and patient is a breach of ethical standards. The survey also found that 80% of these cases involved harm to the patient.