CRIME

Therapist abused patient for years ‘to rid her of the demon,’ court documents allege

Sep 20, 2023, 4:48 PM | Updated: 4:57 pm

A Davis County Sheriff vehicle...

(FILE) A Davis County Sheriff vehicle is pictured at the Davis County Jail in Farmington on Thursday, March 18, 2021. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)

FARMINGTON, Davis County — A former Utah therapist is accused of physically harming and isolating a patient, claiming it would help her in “treating her demon disorder.”

Maurice Wade Harker, 54, was charged Tuesday with second-degree felonies of aggravated abuse of a vulnerable adult and kidnapping, court documents state.

According to court documents, Harker provided therapy services to a “vulnerable adult female” diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health disorders from 2012 to May 2021.

The victim alleges that Harker, during this time, “preyed upon her vulnerabilities, asserting that physically and mentally aggressive harmful techniques were necessary in treating her demon disorder,” court documents state.

According to court documents, Harker told the victim that “demon ‘713’ was possessing her, causing mental, sexual, and physical health problems.”

The victim reported several physical abuse incidents from 2015 to 2020 that required medical attention. One incident resulted in a broken thumb that required surgery.

Court documents state that Harker was a high school wrestler and used those techniques to “manhandle the victim into submission.”

“Part of that process would entail the (Harker) physically restraining the victim and putting his hand over her nose and face so she could not breathe,” court documents state. “On numerous occasion(s), (Harker) would drag the victim to the floor and would pin her there with his knees so he could cover her face.”

According to court documents, Harker attempted to isolate the victim from other relationships to keep her reliant on him for emotional support and communication.

Court documents state that Harker created a Tinder profile for the victim and “would pose as her when interacting with men and encouraged her… to find sex.”

According to court documents, Harker would tell the victim about his past addiction to pornography, and he would use “fighting feelings” to overcome his addictions.

Harker repeatedly told the victim he had to “teach her about sex,” and the physical encounters were his way of doing so, court documents state.

According to court documents, when the victim tried to leave early from the sessions, Harker would back her into a corner, stating, “You don’t know who you’re messing with.”

“The victim stated it always ended with (Harker) then physically wrestling her to the ground and hurting her. He would then suffocate her, or slam her against the door,” court documents state.

According to court documents, the victim tried to avoid Harker, but he would “track her down” by driving “around to find her, then come to the car and slam on her windows.”

Harker is accused of putting a tracker on the victim’s car keys, but she was unaware of him using it on her.

According to court documents, Harker would often have the victim visit him on weekends for sessions but would not bill her as it was “friend time.”

On Wednesday, a declaration for a warrant of Harker’s arrest was issued.

KSL 5 TV Live

Crime

Law enforcement officers gather at the campaign rally site for Republican presidential candidate fo...

Pamela Brown and Shoshana Dubnow, CNN

Local officer tried to stop gunman on rooftop, but was unable to engage him, Butler County sheriff says

A local police officer saw the gunman on the rooftop during former President Donald Trump’s Pennsylvania rally on Saturday but was unable to engage him, Butler County Sheriff Michael T. Slupe told CNN’s Pamela Brown on Sunday.

22 minutes ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surround by U.S. Secret Service ...

Jill Colvin, The Associated Press

Amid chaos and gunfire, Trump raised his fist and projected a characteristic image of defiance

Donald Trump, his face smeared with blood, forced his right fist through a tangle of agents' arms. He raised it high into the air before pumping his fist. "Fight!" he mouthed to the crowd and cameras as he pumped his arm sharply three times.

4 hours ago

The relic of Saint Mary Magdalene was stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the morning of ...

Andrew Adams

Salt Lake diocese leaders offer $1,000 reward for return of stolen relic

Leaders of Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City offered a $1,000 reward Friday as they hoped someone might have information about a relic stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

2 days ago

The relic of Saint Mary Magdalene was stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the morning of ...

Larry D. Curtis

Relic stolen from Salt Lake City’s Cathedral of the Madeleine, reward offered for return

A reward of $1,000 is on offer for the return of a relic stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

2 days ago

Actor Alec Baldwin reacts during his trial for involuntary manslaughter for the 2021 fatal shooting...

Morgan Lee and Andrew Dalton, Associated Press

Alec Baldwin manslaughter case dismissed, actor weeps in court

A New Mexico judge on Friday brought a sudden and stunning end to the involuntary manslaughter case against Alec Baldwin, dismissing it in the middle of the actor's trial and saying it cannot be filed again.

2 days ago

The FBI is looking for Antonio Moreno (DOB 6/20/93) in connection with
the disappearance of 14-year...

Josh Ellis and Garna Mejia, KSL TV

FBI seeking suspect in connection to Ogden teen who disappeared in Mexico City

The FBI says it is looking for Antonio Moreno in connection with the disappearance of an Ogden teen who went missing from her grandmother’s Mexico City neighborhood on June 30. 

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Therapist abused patient for years ‘to rid her of the demon,’ court documents allege