Federal Way

Federal Way counselor allegedly had sex with sexual-abuse patient

The Washington State Department of  Health has suspended the credentials of a Federal Way counselor for allegedly having sex with a patient he was counseling for childhood sexual abuse.

According to Department of Health documents, Scott David Hale had sex with the patient three times during the two years he spent as the patient's counselor at a Burien health clinic, which he left in December.

Hale reported the sex to his employer himself, according to the documents.

The Department of Health has suspended Hale's credentials for allegedly abusing his position of power over a vulnerable patient, preventing him from practicing in the state until the charges are resolved.

Hale has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.

Ed. Note: The article originally and incorrectly stated Hale was affiliated with the Department of Health. He is not affiliated with the department, only licensed by it. We regret the error.