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Jul 8, 2010 9:10 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Doctor: Accused Teacher Mentally Ill

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A psychiatrist has testified that Allison
Hargrave, a former private-school counselor accused of a federal
sex crime, is mentally ill and in need of treatment.
Hargrave is accused of using e-mail to entice a 14-year-old girl
at Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette to engage in sexual
activity.
Dr. Frank Ochberg, an expert in psychiatry,
testified during a detention hearing Wednesday that he believed the
incident between Hargrave and the student was a product of her
mental illnesses and not some lifelong criminal pattern.
The hearing was meant to determine whether Hargrave should be
released pending her trial in August. A decision was not
immediately issued.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael C. Hill said he would soon issue a
written ruling on the detention hearing.

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