Courts & Crime

Prison therapist who had affair with inmate loses license

RALEIGH — The state board that regulates psychologists has revoked the license of Kristel K. Rider, a prison therapist who had a sexual affair with one of her patients and then shot him.

Under state law, Rider can apply to regain her license from the N.C. Psychological Board after one year, though it is up to the panel's discretion whether she is reinstated.

According to a copy of the board's order signed last week, Rider admitted having a sexually intimate relationship with her former patient, Lamount K. Friend, starting April 3, the night he was released from Neuse Correctional Institution.

It is a violation of the legal and ethical rules governing the conduct of psychologists for them to have romantic relationships with their clients due to the influence that therapists can exert.

A state psychologist since 2004, Rider lost her job with the state Department of Correction after shooting Friend in the back on April 21, less than three weeks after his release. He survived the wound from the .38 caliber slug, which passed through his chest inches from his heart.

Rider has not been charged with any crime in the shooting and has declined repeated requests for an interview.