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Lanza’s former psychiatrist gets access to victim’s diary in sex assault case

August 4, 2017 GMT

DANBURY — Attorneys representing Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s former psychiatrist, who faces charges that he sexually abused a client, obtained permission Friday to review parts of the victim’s diary.

Prosecutors gave attorney Steven Smart, who represents Paul Fox, a portion of the diary Friday in court. They agreed to do so in exchange for a protective order for the victim. Fox, who did not join the attorneys in the courtroom, had filed several requests for the diary kept by a woman identified in court records as Jane Doe.

Doe was an 18-year-old college student under treatment for depression and an eating disorder when Fox had an inappropriate sexual relationship with her, according to authorities. Smart had said reviewing the diary was essential to giving Fox a fair trial, because it contains information about the affair.

State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky said the documents turned over to Smart included any part of the entries that “relates to the charge, conduct involved and anything that goes to credibility.”

A representative for the victim said the diary was typed nearly seven years ago and included handwritten comments in the margins added in the last few years. She and the victim determined that 40 pages of the entries, without the handwritten comments, are pertinent to the case.

The judge was given a full copy of the diary, including the notes in the margins, and will determine later next month whether additional portions should be given to Fox’s attorneys.

Fox began to have near-daily appointments with the woman in 2011, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman told police she was “drugged up and out of my mind” on a cocktail of prescription drugs Fox prescribed, the document states. The sexual encounters occurred at his Brookfield office and on a sailboat he kept at Candlewood Lake, documents show.

Fox gave up his licenses to practice in Connecticut and in New York state in 2013, shortly after the allegations were made against him. He now lives in Maine.

Fox was Lanza’s primary psychiatrist during his adolescence, according to State Police records. The psychiatrist stopped seeing Lanza about five years before the December 2012 massacre at the elementary school.

Detectives investigating the shooting interviewed several of Fox’s former clients, one of which was Jane Doe, who told investigators at the time about the sexual relationship she had with him in 2011.

aquinn@newstimes.com