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Oak Harbor counselor's license is suspended

"Oak Harbor counselor Glenn Jolley probably won't be seeing clients anytime soon, if ever again.The state Department of Health recently suspended Jolley's license to practice because of accusations that he made inappropriate sexual advances toward patients and filed false insurance claims.The Office of Professional Standards took the emergency action against Jolley because he represents an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare, according to the ex parte order of summary action.The document also details Jolley's recent arrest for allegedly molesting a female patient during a counseling session. He was charged in Island County Superior Court with indecent liberties Feb. 8, then rearrested a few days later for allegedly violating the conditions of his release by seeing a female patient.Jolley's bail was set at $10,000. He posted a property bond to get out of jail.Jolley denies the charge against him. He claims that the client he is accused of molesting is lying. He said she came to his office at night while drunk and acted inappropriately toward him.Detectives, however, are investigating claims that the 59-year-old counselor has sexually harassed or assaulted a series of patients over the past decade. Since 1991, at least seven women have accused him of sexual misconduct, ranging from rape to late-night harassing telephone calls. There are other investigations taking place that could result in additional charges, Island County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mike Henegen said.Shellie Pierce, Health Department Counselor's Programs manager, said the department amended charges against Jolley last month. There are now four open complaints against Jolley.According to the amended statement of charges, Jolley allegedly crossed professional boundaries with a patient in 1999, failed to provide her with a complete disclosure statement and then falsely billed her husband's insurance company three times.Also, the statement reports that Jolley touched a patient's body including her breasts and buttocks during a counseling session Jan. 16.Jolley's alleged violations include unprofessional conduct, failure to provide client disclosure information, record keeping and retention, and sexual misconduct.The Department of Health previously took correction action against him in 1995 after three patients complained of him making sexual advances toward them.In addition to the criminal and professional complaints, Jolley is also facing civil action. Four women have filed lawsuits against Jolley, claiming malpractice, outrage and professional negligence. He settled two of the lawsuits for thousands of dollars; the other two have been filed this year.Jolley was a licensed social worker. His counseling license expired in 1991. He has had offices in both Oak Harbor and Freeland. The suspension means Jolley cannot practice unless the Department of Health restores his license after a hearing is held on the complaints. A court order also bans him from being alone with any woman, except for his wife. "

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