According to the Florida Department of Health, a Tampa, Florida psychologist stands accused of improperly billing a patient’s insurance company $1,400 for multiple sex “sessions.”
The accused psychologist, Dr. Daniel Lerom, 49, allegedly had a sexual relationship with a 37 year old patient for three months in 2009. The affair ended only after Dr. Lermon’s wife became aware of the relationship. Also alleged is Lerom asking his patient on numerous occasions to provide him with her prescription medication to medicated his own back pain.
Lerom’s license has been suspended and the patient is suing him, claiming malpractice, gross negligence, breach of duty of care and infliction of emotional distress, among other things. She claims in the lawsuit she suffered a “complete emotional collapse” and was institutionalized after being rejected personally and professionally by Lerom.
As part of the allegations, Lerom communicated with his patient via text message, writing messages including: “falling in love with her”; “U r sooo hot!!! i worry that i m holding u back from a younger stud who can really meet your needs!! lol!!” Lerom often referred to himself as RHL” or “red hot lover.”
Even though Lerom stopped treating his patient last February, records show, he billed her Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida insurance company on several occasions.