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Psychologist at VA center charged with indecent exposure

DAYTON, Ohio — A psychologist at the Dayton VA Medical Center resigned from a position with the Ohio Psychological Association after being accused of indecent exposure in Centerville.

Dr. Joshua W. Shuman, 34, of Centerville is set for a pretrial on Feb. 6 in Kettering Municipal Court on two indecent exposure charges stemming from incidents in March and December in Centerville, according to court records and police reports.

Police said Shuman would expose himself to shoppers at Cross Pointe Shopping Center whom he convinced to walk with him to his car.

“It’s scary, scary to think that there are people out here doing these types of things,” said Officer John Davis of the Centerville Police Department.

Officials at the VA hospital said Shuman remained on the hospital staff but had been moved to an area of the hospital where he would not be in contact with patients.

“When we were alerted of the charges by local authorities, he was immediately removed from patient care. Veterans with concerns about receiving the appropriate treatment can be evaluated by a different provider for a second opinion,” according to a statement by Kimberly D. Frisco, a spokeswoman at the VA.

Shuman could not be reached and his lawyer, Mark Babb, declined to comment until after the pretrial.

Shuman “stepped down from the state psychological association board on Jan. 2 for personal reasons,” according to Heather Gilbert, director of communications and marketing for the association, based in Columbus.

According to police reports, Shuman was accused of indecent exposure, a misdemeanor, on March 6 by a Dayton woman at the Marshalls department store on East Alex-Bell Road. Shuman was also accused by a Kettering woman on Dec. 13 in the parking lot of a strip center on Alex-Bell Road near the Marshalls store.

On Jan. 14, Shuman pleaded not guilty in Kettering municipal court.

According to a biography on the state association web site, Shuman has also worked at Wright State University and the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. At the VA, he is a staff psychologist and coordinator of the facility’s training program.

Shuman was described as a member of the state psychological association board Wednesday, but he is identified as a nonvoting member of the association’s ethics committee in the website biography.
 

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