No forward movement as Tolan disqualifies himself from case

 

Kent G. Brockmann, the former Polk County psychiatrist accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a former patient made his first appearance in Polk County Circuit Court Monday. 

Like a fair number of cases appearing before Judge Daniel Tolan, Brockmann’s was immediately slated for judicial reassignment because of Tolan’s former prosecutorial knowledge of the case. According to Judge Jeffrey Anderson, given his own prior dealings with Brockmann the case will likely be handled by an out of county judge. 

Brockmann’s attorney, Aaron Nelson, declined to schedule a preliminary hearing without knowledge of which judge would be assigned. 

Brockman was contracted as a mental health practitioner for Polk County Behavioral Health from January of 2010 to August of 2013. A portion of that time he served in the capacity of Medical Director for Polk County’s outpatient Mental Health Clinic.

As reported in the January 17 issue of the Amery Free Press, the complaint alleges that 59-year-old Brockmann had sexual contact with the victim between August and September of 2011 while seeing her as a patient in Polk County. 

Similar charges against Brockmann were filled in Chisago County in 2013, but subsequently dropped. 

The victim’s bizarre allegations against Brockman include a lengthy doctor/patient relationship in which Brockmann also acted as a spiritual leader of a church, of which the victim was a part. The victim reported that at one point Brockmann had taken her to Chicago to be exorcised of all her demons through the religious group.

Brockmann is charged with 2nd degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim and sexual exploitation by a therapist. 

Further proceedings have yet to be scheduled pending judicial reassignment.

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