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Former Prison Therapist From The High Country Loses License PDF Print
Written by Kenneth Reece   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 07:43

A sexual affair and shooting of a former patient give North Carolina Psychological Board reasons enough to revoke license.


Kristel K. Rider, a former prison therapist who had a sexual relationship with one of her patients and then shot him will lose her license for one year according to a North Carolina Psychological Board ruling last week.

According to published reports the relationship started when Rider was treating Lamount K. Friend at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro, NC earlier this year. Rider admitted having a sexually intimate relationship with Friend starting April 3, the night he was released from Neuse after serving five months for assaulting a female and carrying a concealed weapon.


Rider, 28, was a staff psychologist until April 28 when she resigned after being confronted about the relationship. She had worked for the state Department of Correction since 2004. Prison system officials could find no evidence that the two had sex while Friend was incarcerated because he was shackled and the therapy sessions were held in a room with windows and with other people present. It is a felony for Correction employees to have sex with people in state custody, a crime punishable by up to 31 months in prison for each count.

After Friend's release he went to live with Rider. The story took another turn when Rider shot Friend once in the chest on April 21 in front of his grandparents’ home near Clayton, NC. The .38-caliber bullet from her Smith & Wesson revolver barely missed his heart.


According to the News & Observer newspaper Rider moved back to Boone, her hometown, after losing her job and Friend is now behind bars in the Watauga County Jail. He is charged with five counts of violating a domestic violence protective order barring him from contact with Rider. He is scheduled to appear in court on those charges Dec. 16.

Rider can apply to regain her license from the N.C. Psychological Board after one year.

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