Playtime Is Over

The state has barred a child psychologist from using adult sex toys in therapy sessions.

"You sure know how to suck on that winkie," Dicke tells him.

Dallas starts chewing on it. "Don't bite it off," Dicke warns him, as he tries to take it out of the boy's mouth. "It won't be here next time if you bite it off."

The boy moves his head from side to side with the dildo in his mouth, then bobs his head up and down. He says it happened in Robbie's room, then bites off a piece and shows Dicke and his mom. He tells them that Robbie put "cake stuff" on his penis. Dicke tells him that they need to know the truth.

John Dicke believes he's found a way to help children who have been victims of sexual abuse.
John Johnston
John Dicke believes he's found a way to help children who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Karen believes Dr. Dicke's therapy was helping her son, Dallas.
John Johnston
Karen believes Dr. Dicke's therapy was helping her son, Dallas.

"Whose winkie is this?" Dicke says, holding the big one. Dallas grabs it from him and puts it in his mouth. Dicke takes it out of his mouth and reminds him again that it won't be there next time if he destroys it.

But there would be no next time. Although Dallas is now seeing another therapist, it took three months for the ACDSS to make the new arrangements, Karen says, and during that time, Dallas regressed.

"When he didn't have therapy, he had nightmares and aggression and behavior problems. It wasn't until September or October that I saw significant progress," she says, explaining that he is now receiving traditional play therapy that has helped stem his behavioral problems but hasn't touched on the alleged sexual abuse.

Karen's divorce was just finalized a few weeks ago, and the court granted Thomas weekly visits with his son under the condition that they be supervised by a caseworker and held in a social services building.

Greschler, Thomas's attorney, says the Adams County Department of Social Services will officially close its case on Dallas, Karen and his client in April. Thomas has never been charged with abusing Dallas.

The ACDSS investigated the allegation about Robbie but closed that case because its caseworkers couldn't substantiate it. "I don't see how that could have happened," Karen says of her son's claim. "One morning he said that boy 'did something to his pee-pee,' but when I asked when it happened, he said it was a dream."

Dicke's case, however, is far from over. Not only is he awaiting a hearing before an administrative-law judge, but he recently found out that Dallas's father is planning to sue him for professional negligence, outrageous conduct and possibly assault. Dicke himself plans to sue the ACDSS for defamation.

And Dallas is waiting for his life to return to normal -- if it ever was normal in the first place. It may be that no one will ever know what really happened to him. Maybe not even Dallas himself.

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