Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Office Staff Ate My Homework

Sounds like a pretty pathetic excuse. The people involved with the family court system often preach about people taking responsibility for their actions. Dr. Edward J Connor chooses to blame everyone else.

“With regard to the Office Policy Statement, we do not have a signed Office Policy Statement for you on file. It appears you were not provided with this document when you initially came to our office, which was an oversight on the part of the office staff.” -Dr. Edward J Connor September 9, 2009.

“There was a form that was incorrectly given to Ms. Brewington from our secretary at the time, who is no longer with us.-Dr. Edward J Connor’s testimony in the transcripts from the May 27, 2009 hearing.

“The form [Office Policy Statement] that Ms. Brewington signed is -- was incorrectly given to her by my secretary at the time.-Dr. Edward J Connor’s testimony in the May 27, 2009 hearing.

I don’t recall. My secretary would have done that.” -Dr. Edward J Connor’s testimony in the May 27, 2009 hearing. This was in response to my question asking Dr. Connor whom he contacted first when he discovered there were “numerous errors and oversights” in his report.

Ed Connor- “I don’t recall that – I – I did not contact her. My secretary may have, at that time. It’s possible that she might have called to see if she wanted an interview time. I don’t recall.”
Dan Brewington- “That’s not in the evaluation, the attempted phone call.”
Ed Connor-Okay. Then apparently my secretary did not call. -Dr. Connor claimed my mother was scheduled to be interviewed but never showed up. That may be because he never contacted my mother.

Dr. Connor blamed his office staff for failing to provide me with a copy of the Office Policy Statement. Then Dr. Connor blamed his secretary for having my Ex sign the document. Dr. Connor testified that his secretary was to blame for many of the communication problems during the course of the evaluation yet Dr. Connor still attacked me for questioning his ethics. Another problem Dr. Connor had with his office staff was his office manager was the subject of an FBI investigation for making $126,558.13 of unauthorized credit card charges with Dr. Connor’s corporate credit card. Not only did Dr. Connor fail to oversee his secretary’s practices during the course of conducting evaluations, Dr. Connor failed to notice that his office manager was using his credit cards until the total reached $126,558.13. The following is a press release from the US Department of Justice, dated Friday March 20, 2009:

COVINGTON, KY—Catherine Cahill, 47, of Florence, Ky., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning to an Information which charged her with Unlawful Use of a Credit Card.
Cahill was employed as office manager at Edward Connor & Associates, a general psychological services firm. She was authorized to make necessary purchases with a corporate credit card for the functioning of the business. Cahill used the corporate credit card to make authorized business purchases along with unauthorized personal purchases. These unauthorized personal purchases totaled $126,558.13.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Benjamin G. Dusing.

In a letter to Judge Carl H Taul, dated April 1, 2008, Dr. Connor wrote, “I am concerned as to Mr. Brewington’s intentions regarding this case file.” Dr. Connor testified that his “office staff” was not competent to schedule interviews or to provide documents to participants in custody evaluations and Dr. Connor’s office manager was investigated by the FBI for over a hundred thousand dollars worth of credit card fraud. I believe that is reason enough to question the accuracy of the information behind a report that affects the lives of my children.

If you have any questions about the welfare of children who are victims of Dr. Connor’s evaluations, please feel free to contact the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology at 502-564-3296. Feel free to contact Assistant Attorney General Mark Brengelman at 502-696-5627. You can also email Mr. Brengelman at and express your concerns regarding the Board’s ruling that Dr. Connor’s conduct is not an “apparent violation” of the laws governing psychology. For more information, please check out

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