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Local Therapist Mark Bernardini Arrested, Again, for Sex Abuse PDF Print Email


Jul. 10, 2013:  For the second time in less than two months, Mark P. Bernardini, a therapist with offices in Bronxville and North Salem, was charged with sex abuse--this time for sodomizing a 12-year-old Yonkers boy during a therapy session in his Bronxville office at 27 Milburn Street.

Little more than a month earlier, 57-year-old Bernardini was arrested on June 3 for improperly touching a 16-year-old girl in his North Salem office during a therapy session. He was charged with "forcible touching," a misdemeanor, and released without bail pending a court appearance.

According to Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale, on Tuesday, July 2, the 12-year-old-boy told his mother at 6:30 pm after a therapy session with Bernardini that he had been sodomized by him. The parents called the Bronxville police at 8:27 pm that evening and asked police officers to meet with them outside Bernardini's office at 27 Milburn Street, which they did. The young boy, his parents, and Bernardini later met together at the Bronxville police station, where they were interviewed by police officers.

Bernardini was arrested on Wednesday, July 3, and charged with a "first-degree criminal sexual act," a felony. He was sent to the Westchester County jail in Valhalla on $150,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Bronxville Village Court on July 17.

He faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison on the felony charge.

On his website, Bernardini lists himself as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). The website says of his experience, "Since graduation, Mark has worked with the homeless, with Veterans, run community therapeutic programs in The Bronx and Westchester and substance abuse groups."

A major portion of his website describes his "Loop of Ideas" theory:  "And how does talking help? If we have thoughts in our heads that don't find expression, they can form what I call a Loop of Ideas. As we carry this Loop of Ideas with us, it can influence the decisions we make about our life. This loop also causes sensate or somatic experiences. This loop can influence us to behave in a particular way, giving rise to long-term patterns. These patterns can become solidified in a way that is detrimental to our mental health, blocking other opportunities that may be available." 

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Pictured here:  Mark P. Bernardini.

Photo courtesy Bronxville Police Chief Christopher Satriale


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