Monday, August 21, 2006

Ministry Gone Mad

Husband of faith healer jailed for drugging his wife

A Tulsa psychiatrist who used psychotropic medicine to drug his wife -- once a prominent faith healer and evangelist -- has been jailed, ordered to wear an ankle monitor and told to stay half a mile away from the woman, records show.

The bizarre court case involving Dr. Carl R. Peterson and his wife, Martha "Vicki" Peterson, began a year ago, when the Department of Human Services took custody of Vicki Peterson in an emergency guardianship. Though such cases are usually sealed under state law, Carl Peterson filed some public court records with the Oklahoma Supreme Court in an appeal of a contempt of court conviction against him.

Wendell Clark, Carl Peterson's attorney, said he could not comment on the case.

Carl Peterson, 71, is the former medical director for two Tulsa hospitals -- Brookhaven and Doctors' Hospital -- and former president of the Tulsa Psychiatric Society, according to news accounts.

He was a psychiatrist at Oral Roberts University's City of Faith Hospital in the 1980s and has written about the effects on the brain of speaking in tongues.

Between 1988 and 2004, Carl Peterson operated Christian Psychiatry Services in Tulsa. His Oklahoma medical license was suspended last year after he failed to reapply for it, records show.

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