If you thought Keith Ablow was bad (and he is), wait till you hear about Dr. Stan Katz. This forensic psychologist was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District as an expert witness in a civil suit brought by the family of a 9-year old girl who was sexually assaulted at one of their schools. What he said on the witness stand may make you physically ill:
Court documents obtained by KPCC investigative producer Karen Foshay detailed forensic psychologist Dr. Stan Katz’s 2013 testimony in a trial to determine how much in damages the 9-year-old girl would receive after she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a boy at one of the district’s schools.
The girl reportedly had an IQ between 64 and 70, but the boy was not developmentally disabled.According to the transcripts, attorney David Ring, who represented the girl, asked Katz to explain what he meant when he said that the girl’s disability “acts as a protective factor.”
“There’s a relationship between intelligence and depression,” Katz replied. “What happens is the more you think about things, you can ruminate, you can focus on things, you can look at the complexities of the matter and become less depressed.”
“So because she may be less intelligent than a general education student, she’s going to suffer less depression because of it?” Ring pressed.
“Very possible, yes,” Katz insisted.
Someone explain to me how this appalling hack still has a license to practice psychology. He should be ashamed of himself. And the school district should be held accountable for hiring him to make that claim.