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Frisco Child Counselor Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Assault of Patient

Counselor held on $100,000 bail



    Frisco police have arrested a licensed child therapist accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female patient.

    Ronald Hodgkiss, 46, was booked into the Frisco Jail on a charge of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.

    "There was a sexual act that happened," Officer Greg Barnett said. "We're not going to divulge what the act was."

    Police arrested Hodgkiss at about noon.

    Therapist Accused of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Patient

    [DFW] Therapist Accused of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Patient
    Ronald Hodgkiss, a licensed child therapist, is accused of sexually assaulting a patient.
    (Published Friday, Jan. 13, 2012)

    Investigators said he met the teenager while counseling her at the Frisco Adolescent Counseling and Therapy Center, where he works.

    "He's a person of trust, and it's a sad situation when that person of trust violates the trust and victimizes someone that came to them for help," Barnett said.

    According to Hodgkiss' counseling website, he has been married for more than 20 years and has two sons.

    No one came to the door of his Frisco home on Friday, but neighbors came to his defense.

    "I'm very saddened for the family," Olivia Vaughan said. "We've been neighbors for about 12 years. I'm very surprised. They'll be in our hearts and prayers."

    On his website, Hodgkiss writes: "I truly believe that children are a gift we should cherish and nurture on a daily basis."

    Hodgkiss has spent much of his adult life working with children, both professionally and as a volunteer.

    He is active with the Boy Scouts Venture Crew, a youth development program for boys and girls ages 13 and older.

    On his website, Hodgkiss also notes his volunteer work with the Collin County Children's Advocacy Center and his church.

    A spokesperson for Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco said Hodgkiss is not on staff but is an active parent volunteer.

    Frisco police are encouraging parents whose children have come into contact with Hodgkiss to have a conversation with them.

    "We are encouraging parents, that if your child had contact with Mr. Hodgkiss, to please speak with their children, and if anything improper happened, contact us and let us know," Barnett said.

    Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Frisco Police Department's nonemergency telephone number at 972-292-6010. Callers may remain anonymous.

    Hodgkiss is being held on a $100,000 bond.