Arraignment Pushed Back in Claremont Molestation Case

Claremont police say Thomas Gary Amberson is a psychologist who counsels both children and adults and accuse him of committing lewd acts on two underage patients.

A Claremont psychologist accused of molesting a 9-year-old patient was due in court Monday, but he did not enter a plea in his case as anticipated.

Rather, according to the District Attorney's office, the arraignment of Thomas Gary Amberson, 56, was pushed back until Jan. 16.

Amberson, who is free on $100,000 bail,  was arrested by the Claremont Police Department on Nov. 15 on charges of child molestation related to two separate individuals, according to a felony complaint from the district attorney's office.

"An investigation was initiated in November 2012, by Claremont Police Department after a nine year-old male alleged that Amberson committed lewd acts upon his person during a counseling session," Claremont Police Lt. Shelly Vander Veen said in a press release.   

Amberson is a resident of Upland, but has his practice located in Claremont, where he treats both children and adults, according to Vander Veen. 

Vander Veen added that when police went to serve a search warrant at Amberson's business-- they found child pornography on his work computer.

On Dec. 5, the DA's office filed four felony counts of lewd acts on a child, plus another count of possessing child pornography, against Amberson.

"A similar investigation was conducted in 2008, after a thirteen year-old male made similar allegations," Vander Veen said.  "That case was not filed by the District Attorney’s Office at the time due to insufficient evidence, however, was included in the current criminal filing."

More Alleged Victims?

Claremont police believe that the doctor may have more possible victims, and asked that parents talk to their children.

“We commend the two minors for their courage in coming forward with these allegations," Vander Veen said.  "We believe that there may be additional victims that have not yet come forward.  Claremont Police Department is requesting that parents who believe that their child may have been victimized by Amberson contact the Claremont Police Detective Bureau at 909-399-5420."


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