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Virginia Therapist Gary Hankins Accused of Sex With Teen Client

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    Virginia Therapist Gary Hankins Accused of Sex With Teen Client
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    A grand jury indicted a Virginia therapist accused of having sex with a teenage boy at his office.

    Gary Hankins was indicted Monday on six counts of "taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in custodial or supervisory relationship."

    Hankins is a licensed clinical social worker who worked with a practice called Counseling and Forensic Services, with practices in Alexandria, Woodbridge, Leesburg and Warrenton. A search warrant affidavit obtained by News4's Northern Virginia Bureau shows the juvenile's parents contacted police in May when they discovered sexually suggestive texts on their son's phone that appeared to come from his therapist, Hankins.

    They included statements like: "U did not have to go there! So that means toms is hotter than u?" and "Does it make you excited waiting to know? R u playing with yourself?"

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    Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver talks with Alexandria police about Gary Hankins, a therapist accused of indecent liberties with a child.
    (Published Monday, Nov. 10, 2014)

    The teenager told investigators that he'd had sex with the therapist at the Alexandria office and that Hankins had shown him naked photos of himself on his computer.

    The search warrant was used to seize Hankins' phone and laptop.

    “We always take any allegations where the suspect is in a position of authority to the victim very seriously,” said Crystal Nosal of Alexandria Police.

    Hankins was indicted Monday by an Alexandria grand jury. Each count of indecent liberties is a Class 6 felony, punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in the penitentiary.

    Hankins will be booked at the Alexandria jail.

    Hankins is no longer on the Counseling and Forensic Services staff list. Counseling and Forensic Services did not immediately respond to a request for comment.