Former counselor indicted on sexual battery charge

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A local therapist who had his license revoked in September was

indicted for sexual battery Thursday evening in state district court.

An arrest warrant was issued for Christopher Hay, 40, 385 S. Jasmine

Drive, who was a professional counselor, and marriage and family

therapist. Hay plans to surrender himself to Calcasieu Sheriff's

deputies, his attorney, Tom Lorenzi, said.

Hay's license was revoked because and investigation found he was

inappropriately touching a woman he was counseling, according to

documents from the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of

Examiners.

Judge Robert Wyatt set bond at $20,000 and ordered Hay to have no contact with the woman or her family.

Hay admitted making inappropriate sexual comments and “disclosing

personal and inappropriate information about himself ” to a woman during

multiple counseling sessions, according to the Board of Examiners

documents. Hay admitted touching her sexually during counseling sessions

on June 10 and July 19, the documents said.