Court docs: Golsby seeing $300 an hour psychologist while in jail

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Columbus – The man charged in the rape, kidnapping and murder of Ohio State student Reagan Tokes has been seeing a clinical psychologist while in jail, according to court records uncovered by 10 Investigates.

What’s more – taxpayers will likely foot the bill.

Brian Golsby has been declared indigent – meaning he can’t afford his own attorney, according to court records. That means taxpayers are potentially going to pay for the $5,000 tab for the clinical psychological services of Dr. Howard Fradkin.

According to the order posted online December 1, Judge Mark Serrott approved a defense request for $5000 to pay for the services of Fradkin to address “trauma related matters," but does not give specifics.

According to Fradkin’s LinkedIn Page, he has trained "over two thousand professional colleagues on the topic of male survivors of sexual abuse" and "is available for consult with attorneys about criminal cases involving male survivors."

An invoice provided to the court shows that Fradkin’s rate is $300 an hour and that he has billed the court for 23.5 hours for a total of $7075. Serrott’s order approved the sum of $5,000.

The invoice states that he has met with Golsby’s attorneys repeatedly and met with Brian Golsby personally four times in late October and early November. It is not clear what was discussed in those meetings.

Golsby’s defense attorney Kort Gatterdam did not respond to an email seeking comment. A voice message left with Fradkin’s Columbus office was also not returned Tuesday.

Prosecutor Ron O’Brien told 10 Investigates he had “no knowledge of that matter.” O’Brien’s signature is not included in the court records obtained by 10 Investigates.

While it’s not clear from the records what trauma Golsby may have endured, a Franklin County deputy hinted that there had been issues during Golsby’s jail stay following his arrest in February for the murder of Reagan Tokes.

During that November 13 hearing, O’Brien asked Sgt. David Reiner with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department: “Deputy is there anything that has happened during the defendant’s confinement that would cause you to add to the normal “security” that you had described for Judge Serrott?”

Sgt. David Reiner: “Since the defendant has been incarcerated in our jail, there have been a number of incidents that have been recorded if you like….”

Judge Mark Serrott: Well, let’s hold on a minute…”

The conversation then continued in the judge’s chambers. The hearing resumed several minutes later and O’Brien rephrased his question. Reiner said that there were no past issues that would affect court security at Golsby’s upcoming trial.

In another defense motion filed Friday, Golsby’s attorneys are continuing their efforts to get the death penalty wiped off the table. The defense team alleges that there is a racial disparity in Franklin County – accusing Prosecutor Ron O’Brien of being more prone to seek death penalty indictments against African-American suspects. O’Brien has opposed the motion, calling it “frivolous.”

He released this statement to 10 Investigates Tuesday:

“The Golsby Memo on the death penalty continues to present the court with a patently frivolous position that tries to posture his case as some sort of class action attacking the Ohio death penalty. He does this by pointing to other cases that have nothing to do with his case and his crime. As the state’s memo reflects Golsby is a sexually violent predator who is also a repeat violent offender who kidnapped, raped and executed the victim in this case shortly after he was released from prison and while he was on parole. Any Prosecutor with the death penalty at his/her disposal would seek that punishment. He is trying to divert attention from his horrific crime by talking about other offenders that are not comparable.”

The next hearing in the case is set for December 20. Golsby’s trial is set for February.

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