March 18, 2013 | 4:58 pm
Sex offender's words to therapist cannot be used as evidence
"A sex offender’s private communications with his psychotherapist generally may not be used as evidence to commit him to a mental institution as a sexually violent predator, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday.
In a decision written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the state high court said a trial judge erred by ordering a therapist to disclose statements made by a parolee during state-required therapy.
The therapist testified at a trial to determine whether RG, a Santa Clara County sex offender, was a violent predator who should be indefinitely confined to a state mental hospital. The therapist disclosed that G had admitted to molesting 16 children and that alcohol made it difficult for him to control his urges."
California high court upholds parolee confidentiality right