Court overturns NM therapist’s license revocation

August 1, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has overturned the license revocation of a mental health and substance abuse counselor who allegedly had sexual contact with a teenage client.

The court ruled Thursday [auth] that the state Counseling and Therapy Practice Board violated the due process rights of Homer Avalos of Chaparral by revoking his license without notifying him the matter would be considered at a 2009 meeting.

A board-appointed hearing officer had taken testimony in the case but didn’t find enough evidence to support a complaint against Avalos for allegedly sexually touching a 16-year-old girl’s breast in 2007.

The board concluded there was sufficient evidence and revoked his license. He was fined $2,500 and ordered to pay $1,638 for costs of the disciplinary proceedings.

No criminal charges were brought against Avalos.

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