A bizarre story of implanted memories including drugging with carbon dioxide.
A jury awarded $16.5 million Thursday to a woman who said she was drugged with carbon dioxide and manipulated to believe she was raped by family members at the hands of a former State College psychologist.
Her attorney, Bernard Cantorna, asked the jury to hold Julian Metter, 59, accountable for planting a “horror story” in the woman’s mind while she was drugged with carbon dioxide.
The jurors responded after five hours of deliberation, unanimously ordering Metter to pay what Cantorna said is the largest jury verdict in Centre County history.
“They clearly wanted to send a message that Dr. Metter is a danger to the public and anyone he might attempt to treat,” Cantorna said. “They wanted to make sure anybody and everybody could find this case and make sure he can never do this to anyone again.”
Metter, who had been in practice for 20 years, lost his license to practice psychology in June 2009 when he pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare, according to the National Council Against Health Fraud.
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This is an appalling story. The victim inhaled the gas administered by the doctor. The memories, for which she had no previous history of, involved being assaulted by community members. Metter said he believed she had been the victim of torture from a satanic cult (red flag, there) and that he was helping her. The cult was said to include doctors, police officers and a judge. The SAME unsubstantiated claims of torture and killings were trotted out. There has not been any evidence offered except stories.
The victim may have suffered brain damage from the gas as well as emotional trauma for certain.