Psychologist fined $250, sentenced to 10 days house arrest

A local psychologist was fined $250 Tuesday, and ordered to spend 10 days on house arrest and continue psychological counseling, after pleading no contest to charges stemming from allegations he exposed himself to two shoppers at a Centerville shopping center last year.

Judge Thomas Hanna sentenced Joshua W. Shuman, 34, of Centerville after Shuman pleaded no contest to two counts of disorderly conduct during a hearing in Kettering Municipal Court.

Shuman was charged with indecent exposure after allegedly exposing himself to women in the parking lot at Cross Point Center in Centerville in March 2013 and December 2013, according to reports.

“The two young ladies that were offended by his conduct are happy that the case is resolved,” Kettering Prosecutor James Long said after the hearing.

Long said the victims were glad that Shuman would be required to undergo “a substantial course of counseling.” Shuman is required to undergo three months to a year of counseling, subject to Hanna’s review, Long said.

Shuman’s lawyer, Mark Babb, submitted a report to Hanna from a counselor treating Shuman.

Shuman’s professional license remained active Tuesday, according to the State Board of Psychology.

Shuman, a staff psychologist and training coordinator at the Dayton VA Medical Center, resigned from a position with the Ohio Psychological Association in January, according to the association’s spokesperson.

After Tuesday’s hearing, VA officials said Shuman would remain on staff in an assignment not dealing with patients, pending a final decision.

“Now that we have an official verdict, we are reviewing the case to determine what if any further action is appropriate,” said Ted Froats, public affairs officer at the Dayton VA hospital.

Shuman previously worked at Wright State University as a visiting assistant professor in the university’s School of Professional Psychology in 2008-2009. He also previously worked at the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, according to his association biography.

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 of exposing himself to a Kettering woman on Dec. 13 in the parking lot of a strip center on Alex-Bell Road near the Marshalls store, according to reports.

During Tuesday’s court hearing, Hanna warned Shuman, who had no prior criminal record, that he would face a jail sentence if he was charged again with a similar offense.

“I don’t think I need to tell you this is serious,” Hanna said.

Hanna suspended a jail sentence and part of fines he ordered in the two cases.

Shuman was placed on probation for two years.

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