Psychotherapist at Virginia children’s hospital accused of sexually assaulting former patient

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Herschel "Mickey" Harden, a 72-year-old from Williamsburg, faces two felony counts of object sexual penetration after being indicted by the King William grand jury on Wednesday.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A 72-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a former patient while working as a psychotherapist at a Virginia children’s hospital was indicted Wednesday by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury.

The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring confirmed Thursday that Herschel “Mickey” Harden, a 72-year-old from Williamsburg, faces two felony counts of object sexual penetration after being indicted by the King William grand jury. According to attorney general’s office, Harden was arrested following alleged sexual contact in 2018 and 2019 by him on a former patent at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents in New Kent County.

The indictments brought against Harden are a part of an ongoing investigation by state police.

Harden could face a life sentence if convicted of the alleged crimes. An arraignment hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 10 in New Kent County Circuit Court.

If anyone has additional information about these or other allegations at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents they may contact the Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations at (804) 537-6788.

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