At 17 years of age, Dr. Foad Afshar emigrated from Iran to America on a journey funded only by his brother, and escaped the oppressive regime of the new Ayatollah. He knew that his open heart and mind would not be tolerated in the country he called home. If I were asked to describe Foad, I would speak simply; he is the greatest man, and the best father, I know.
Foad is a natural born healer of hearts and minds. To fulfill his dream of becoming a psychotherapist, upon arriving in America he: learned English, completed his high school and college degrees, earned a Master’s at Harvard, and later a Doctorate of Psychology from California Coast University. Throughout his career, he treated countless children, teenagers, and families, whether in public schools, a rehab facility, or his private practice. He has been married for 29 years and raised three children, including yours truly. Furthermore, Foad was elected president of the New Hampshire Psychological Association and was a beloved professor of psychology and philosophy at the NH Institute of Art. Throughout his unblemished career, Foad epitomized selfless devotion to the welfare of others, earning the highest esteem of his patients, colleagues, students, and others fortunate enough to know him.
In his final five months before retirement, a 12 year-old boy’s family sought assistance for concerns reported as: behavioral difficulties at school, fire setting, shoplifting, concealing knives in his pillowcase, troubled family life, a suspicion of sexual abuse and activity, and a description of him by family members as a “pathological liar”. During his fifth psychotherapy session, the boy accused Foad of touching his genitals at the end of a therapy session. When asked if Foad had threatened or instructed him to keep silent during the alleged incident, the boy denied that he did, even though his father was right outside the office door.
In the state of New Hampshire, the law does not require any corroborating evidence to convict someone of aggravated felonious sexual assault. In extensive investigation of his records and computer by law enforcement, followed by interviews with former patients, not a trace of evidence was found to support the accusation. Foad then passed two lie detector tests, both of which were deemed inadmissible in court. Despite the saturation of stories in newspapers and television, no other client(s) throughout his thirty plus years as a psychotherapist came forward to report any instance of mistreatment by Foad (defying the prosecution's predictions). However, in the face of the overwhelming evidence that supported Foad, the jury took the word of the boy over his own. It has since been revealed that two of the impaneled jurors failed to disclose that they were victims of sexual abuse. These jurors revealed their abuse during jury deliberations, which ended up swaying two other undecided jurors to join the majority in rendering a guilty verdict. In court, this is called judicial bias, as there is an inclination and predisposition to favor one party over the other. An impartial jury is crucial in providing a fair trial.
Presently, Foad is serving a three to six year sentence in a correctional facility in Gardner, Massachusetts. He has a vast network of committed supporters helping him fight for justice. Read further details about the case and the latest updates at the case website.
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