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Fort Riley therapist charged with stalking soldier

February 1, 2011

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— A therapist who was treating a Fort Riley soldier for post-traumatic stress was accused of stalking her patient in a case that culminated in a high-speed chase after she breeched the gates of the military installation.

Rachelle Santiago, 43, of Manhattan was charged Monday in a federal criminal complaint with stalking the sergeant she was counseling for PTSD and marital issues. She also was charged with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

Santiago is a clinical social worker who was working as a contract employee at the Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley.

Her defense attorney, Ron Wurtz, could not be reached for comment Monday because the federal public defender’s office closed early due to inclement weather.

An affidavit filed by Special Agent Lisa Medrano of the 78th Military Police Detachment at the base details her investigation into a complaint filed last week by a sergeant alleging he was harassed, stalked and sexually assaulted by his therapist. The Associated Press is not naming the sergeant because he is the alleged victim of sexual abuse.

The sergeant told investigators that his counseling sessions began in December, with the first sessions going well. But during a Jan. 22 encounter, Santiago allegedly groped him and told him she wanted to have sex with him. The sergeant said he did not reciprocate the fondling and left.

The following day he received 15 text messages and missed calls on his phone, including a photo of a pink lingerie. He texted his therapist to stop sending him messages and to stop calling him. But that only generated more messages, according to the affidavit.

On Jan 23, the sergeant and his wife found footprints in the snow leading to his door after someone rang the doorbell and left. A car matching the description of the therapist’s car was spotted adjacent to their home.

The investigator’s affidavit said the sergeant said he was becoming more alarmed with the situation, feeling as though he was losing his sense of security in his home and for his family. He said he felt “like he did during his deployment, edgy with a need for a heightened sense of security to protect his home and his family.”

He asked his therapist to meet him at the Burger King Restaurant to ask her to stop calling, texting and harassing him. She gave him a white envelope with the words, “My Master” written on the front. He returned it without opening it. Santiago removed her wedding ring and allegedly told the sergeant was now “her man,” the affidavit said.

On Jan. 24, the sergeant confided in a fellow soldier and was advised to report the matter. On the way home, the sergeant and his wife saw the therapist sitting in the car outside their home. The sergeant told investigators he was scared for his family because the therapist had threatened to go to the Child Development Center attended by his children or to his wife’s workplace and hurt them if he did not come see her.

The text messages became increasingly threatening: “I don’t want to hurt you, you are hurting me,” “I will eat your lunch . the only way you can protect your boys,” “You come talk to me or I will jack your world 6 ways to Sunday and don’t doubt my ability to do this,” “You want a crazy bitch, I will be your crazy bitch.”

On Jan. 25, Santiago was issued a notice barring her from entering the Ft. Riley military installation. But later that same day she tried to get in and was issued a citation for criminal trespass, according to the affidavit.

The following day, she sped through another entrance at a high rate of speed. Military police began a 50-minute-long pursuit which reached 110 miles per hour. Police backed off and pursued from a safe distance until Santiago eventually stopped.

She was transported to the Geary Community Hospital and placed under police guard. She allegedly tore things off the wall in the examination room and had to be restrained. Emergency room staff reported she was “completely out of control, manic, profane, and delusional and was screaming, yelling and flailing around on the cart,” the affidavit said.

Four hours later, she was transported to Osawatomie State Mental Hospital for treatment. A physician there stated Santiago had a “psychotic break” due to heavy doses of a steroidal medicine she was taking for a breathing and bronchial disorder.

Meanwhile that same day, the sergeant found the envelope with the word “Master” printed on the front beneath the seat of his car. The envelope was seized as evidence and opened, according to the affidavit. It contained a card with Santiago’s hand-written declaration of her love for him.

Santiago also left the sergeant a pair of perfumed panties.

Comments

black_butterfly 3 years, 10 months ago

This is sad. Why would she jeopardize her career by doing this? What she did was unethical and she will definitely lose her license. I agree wtih you Pywacket. She has now caused him to have PTSD of a NEW kind. The therapist needs therapy.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Name: Rachelle D. Santiago
Residence: San Antonio
License No: 3960
License Type: Licensed Bachelor Social Worker
Exp. Date: 06/30/2001
Original License Date: 07/22/1992
License Term: PERM
License Status: Expired
Disciplinary Actions: No
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Name: Rachelle D. Santiago
Residence: San Antonio
License No: 3794
License Type: Licensed Masters Social Worker
Exp. Date: 12/13/2002
Original License Date: 07/22/1992
License Term: PERM
License Status: Expired
Disciplinary Actions: No

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Name: Rachelle D. Santiago
Residence: San Antonio
License No: 2313
License Type: Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Exp. Date: 12/31/2012
Original License Date: 12/13/2002
License Term: PERM
License Status: Active
Disciplinary Actions: No

black_butterfly 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow I just read the entire article. She is extremely mentally disturbed. How she held her mental state together long enough to retain a master's degree with clinical concentration is beyond me. I wonder how long she has been practicing?

seriouscat 3 years, 10 months ago

Remember the astronaut/diaper episode? There are just as many 'crazies' amongst the professional class as everywhere else. Education level has little to do with it.

jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

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seriouscat 3 years, 10 months ago

a) therapy is a very intimate encounter. Sometimes sex isn't 'intimate' at all.

b) nice speculation. Typical small minded, small town gossip mentality.

jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't looking to gossip, cat, just speculating logically about the situation based on similar stories from the past. Can't recall a time when someone stalked a non-celebrity this fervently without there being an intimate, sexual relationship involved.

seriouscat 3 years, 10 months ago

It's hard not to make speculations like that...believe me I do it too. But it can really damage relationships and hurt people to voice that kind of speculation. Just sayin'.

jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

I feel ya, but I'd bet the sergeant's wife already has plenty of such thoughts runnin' through her head. It'd be one of the first in my head if I was in her position.

seriouscat 3 years, 10 months ago

Question for Agnostic: would you have read it as bigotry had someone else made that comment?

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

When ag gets all harsh & stuff, any word might set him/her/it off into a frenzy.

tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

If her name had been of German origin, would you have said "Crazy German white woman"? Probably not.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

"Crazy German white woman" wasn't a buzz phrase in the media recently. If you recall, that term was frequently used by Sonia Sotomayor to describe herself.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Should have been "If you recall, the phrase "wise Latina" was frequently used by Sonia Sotomayor to describe herself.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 10 months ago

How frequently? (not that it really matters-- it still has nothing to do with this incident.)

Flap Doodle 3 years, 10 months ago

Not as frequently as you push the Marxist/Leninist way of looking at reality.

jaywalker 3 years, 10 months ago

Whitney,

If you could, I'd like to know what in that post violated the use agreement, Whatever it was, it wasn't intentional. Just giving my take on what I read between the lines. In any case, if I knew what I did wrong I'd eliminate it in the future.

Thanks

boltzmann 3 years, 10 months ago

"high rate of speed"

Don't newspapers have copy editors any more? How about just "high speed"? Speed is already a rate, so rate of speed would actually mean acceleration, not speed.

compmd 3 years, 10 months ago

"The following day, she sped through another entrance at a high rate of speed. Military police began a 50-minute-long pursuit which reached 110 miles per hour"

This psycho is lucky they didn't just shoot her.

compmd 3 years, 10 months ago

"The following day, she sped through another entrance at a high rate of speed. Military police began a 50-minute-long pursuit which reached 110 miles per hour"

This psycho is lucky they didn't just shoot her.

bearded_gnome 3 years, 10 months ago

"I want my counter transference! and I want it now!"

whew, this is actually quite a scarey story. women like the "therapist" have killed or tried to kill before.

but outside of real life, this made me think of the movie "Play misty for me."

a side note: there is one thing I have a lot of praise for the Obama administration. recently the standards for documenting a PTSD claim were properly loosened to reasonable standards! this opened the access for a large number of vets who truly needed PTSD diagnoses and treatments. good on them! the administration and the vets who desperately need this.

however, there is often too much turnover and lack of standards among the mental health providers for current and past military members.

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

The problem is having "Affirmative Action" in place such that school girls are providing "therapy" to combat veterans.

The better question is "Why doesn't the US Military hire male therapists?" shrug

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Pywacket: Way to go in terms of outing yourself as an andrist: You've just insulted all the highly effective male therapists who have ever succesfully counseled combat veterans and shoulder the burden of one man acting in a political fashion who took it out on the U.S. Military....something Alceste knows a bit about given 2 combat tours in Viet Nam.

Thanks for the swarmy welcome home! hahahahahahahhahahahahaa

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Joke! To begin with....what made you think my comment about "Affirmative Action" had anything to do with gender?! hahahahahahahahahaha

There is no conclusion other than the fact you've exposed yourself as an andrist. Might want to attend some "T" group meetings to work on that bigotry. Freud referred to it as "penis envy". shrug

Alceste 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh yeah....and one other thing: Innocent until proven guilty in this great land along with a presumption of innocence. Just because somebody is arrested don't mean diddly boo. However, here at LJWorld.com, if it's in the "paper", you're guilty.

Witting and his buddy Douglas Lake got off Scott free......but were convicted in the press.

Innocent until PROVEN guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. That is the way in the US of A. Well, it's supposed to be. I'd hate to have to go before a Federal Court Judge who sits ringside with Lew Perkins myself. I think the concepts I've written about above don't really count. I'd prefer Judge Bruce McMarion Wright.

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