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Florida behavioral therapist arrested, charged with molestation of patient

Posted at 9:29 AM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 20:18:03-04

Detectives from the Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office arrested a former behavioral therapist for molestation and child abuse of a patient.

Jessica Lazzara, 42, of Mulberry, Florida is charged with lewd molestation, lewd and lascivious conduct, child abuse and battery.

According to investigators, Lazzara was employed as a behavioral therapist at Big Bear Behavioral Health in Maitland, Florida.

The charges stem from an incident with a child during a therapy session.

She was fired following her arrest, according the Polk County Sheriff.