Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Gavin Patrick Meany, age 38 of Apple Valley, pled guilty today to four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree in connection with engaging in sexual penetration with a patient. At the time of these acts, Meany was treating the victim as a patient in his role as a psychiatrist. Judge Jerome Abrams ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the sentencing date for April 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
On August 27, 2019, the Burnsville Police Department received a report from a woman (hereafter referred to as the “victim") who disclosed that she had been abused over the last five years by Meany while she had been receiving therapy and psychiatric services from him. The victim met with law enforcement and provided a detailed statement as well as physical evidence and documents pertaining to the sexual assaults. The victim described multiple acts of sexual touching and penetration that occurred in the professional offices of Meany, first in the City of St. Louis Park (these allegations are currently under investigation in Hennepin County) and later in Meany's professional office in the City of Burnsville between May of 2018 and August of 2019. The victim also described one act of sexual intercourse that occurred between her and Meany at his home in Apple Valley in May of 2018. When questioned by an investigator, Meany acknowledged he “crossed boundaries" with the victim and admitted to the sexual activity described by the victim.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint which may be obtained from the Dakota County Court Administrator's Office (by contacting 651-438-8100). The names of victims of criminal sexual conduct are not public under Minnesota law, and while the complaint does describe the reasons the victim sought medical services from Meany, we would request that this information not be included in any news story pertaining to this case as it is not relevant to the basis for these criminal charges.
Backstrom commented: “Criminal activity of this nature is a significant breach of trust by a psychotherapist as to any patient. We are pleased the defendant has accepted responsibility for this egregious behavior by his guilty plea today. I wish to commend the victim for her courage in coming forward to report these crimes to law enforcement."
Backstrom thanked the Burnsville Police Department for their thorough investigation of this case. If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4438.