The ladies who called for counseling appointments to see Doctor Kyle Leslie Stewart clearly had plenty of problems before they got there. They were vulnerable. They suffered from depression and they were haunted by being sexually assaulted as children. So they were in serious need of intelligent, compassionate guidance. What they got for their money and trust instead of professional medical help, was a living nightmare.
What Oklahoma psychiatrist Stewart did to them – they testified – was evil personified. In their eyes the man was literally the Devil in a lab coat. He used religion and psychiatric mumbo-jumbo to exploit their sense of what was right and wrong, what was real and what wasn’t; he convinced them they were possessed by evil spirits. And when they were quite literally at their wits end and broken by his ghoulish “diagnoses”, he pulled down his pants and sexually assaulted them, right in his clinic.
“He lay me down on the office sofa. He took his clothes off and just climbed right on top of me,” one patient related to an investigative reporter. “All I could do was cry.”
Later, she reported the encounter to the Oklahoma State Medical Board, and they reluctantly investigated her appalling story. Surprisingly, they found enough supporting evidence to pull Stewart’s medical license in 2014. And eventually he confessed that he’d manipulated the patient’s fragile condition by exploiting his knowledge of her most secret thoughts and fears.
Sure, they revoked his medical license. But did the Oklahoma State Medical Board contact police, to investigate what sounded very much like patient rape? Absolutely not. State medical boards consist of . . . hold your ponies here . . . other doctors.
Then, a second sexually assaulted patient came forward with almost exactly the same story. And it is important to note that the medical board was well aware that the two victims did not know each other, and had never shared their stories.
Did the state board notify law enforcement then?
Not on your life. You can forget all about what state medical boards call their Mission Statement – “Patient Safety”. Their true mission is to cover up physician garbage-level behavior as long as they can. Which is precisely why the names of the 250,000 misbehaving doctors listed in the NPDB is . . . secret.
“They certainly had a moral obligation to at least have a sex crimes investigator look into Stewart’s behavior.” (David McKenzie, Oklahoma Bar Association)
Now, Lyle Stewart happened to be one of the very few psychiatric counselors in the city of Bartlesville, just north of Tulsa. The first patient known to have been sexually assaulted, reported that it was on the third or fourth visit, that the doctor told her she was haunted by multiple personalities, which turned out to be an outright lie. She reported that Stewart told her she was cursed by evil entities that had taken over her body and mind. The doctor convinced the patient that her mother participated in Satanic rituals late at night, and had turned her over to witchcraft before she was even born.
“I was terrified,” the poor woman recalled through tears.
So what was Stewart’s treatment for such a terrible affliction? He disrobed his patient and gave her a massage. He caressed her bottom and kissed her neck. He convinced her to take off all of her clothes. “There was holding and touching and kissing.”
The woman told a reporter that Stewart convinced her to tell no one. Eventually she confided in a friend who is a licensed social worker, and it was the friend who filed a formal complaint with the medical board.
The second patient, also unnamed, filed a complaint with the medical board too, saying, “I feel he is a criminal. What he did to me was cold and calculated.”
But a medical board investigator convinced her that nothing could be done, because Stewart’s license had already been revoked and there was nothing criminal to report to police.
Had law enforcement had a chance to investigate the history of this evil man, they may well have disagreed. Because they would certainly have discovered that yet another female patient, a poor woman named Andi Higbee, was also convinced that she too was under the spell of secret Satanic rituals. Regretfully, they never got the opportunity to question Ms. Higbee about her own encounters with the medical monster named Kyle Stewart.
Andi Higbee committed suicide in 2003.