Unlicensed counselor accused of groping patient, Cobb police say

A man who claims he is a Christian counselor was arrested for allegedly assaulting one of his patients, according to Cobb County police.

Ralph Gilbert Keene, of Cartersville, was hired to counsel the woman for mental health issues, including bi-polar disorder, his arrest warrant states. During the counseling session, Keene allegedly touched various parts of the woman’s body over her clothing, according to police. He also allegedly touched her breast under her clothing, police said.

Though Keene treated the woman for three months beginning in January, but he is not licensed, police said.

“The said accused purported himself to be a Christian counselor,” his warrant states. “However, he is unlicensed as a counselor by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.”

Keene was previously certified with the Georgia Christian Counselors and Therapists, according to the group's website. But his certification expired in February.

Keene was charged with sexual assault by a psychotherapist, a felony, and sexual battery, a misdemeanor, according to Cobb jail records. He was released Friday after posting $10,000 bond.