October 1, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
GETS CONVICTION AGAINST IMPOSTER SOCIAL WORKER
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Larry Dexter
Williams, 34, currently residing on Goose Landing Circle, Columbia,
was convicted in Anne Arundel County District Court with practicing
clinical social work without a license and misrepresenting that
he is a licensed clinical social worker. Calling the circumstances
"shocking" and noting that Larry Dexter Williams' offenses
involved a daily routine of lies, the Honorable Essom V. Ricks,
Jr. sentenced Williams on the charge of practicing clinical social
work without a license to 90 days in jail, suspending all but 30
days; a $500 fine, suspended; and three years of supervised probation.
As a condition of probation, the court ordered Williams to undergo
a psychiatric or psychological evaluation and treatment. Judge Ricks
imposed a consecutive 90-day sentence on the defendant for the charge
of misrepresenting himself as a clinical social worker, imposed
another $500 fine, before suspending both.
offenses occurred between February 21, 2000 and July 23, 2001. Larry
Dexter Williams was hired by Vesta, Inc., a behavioral health care
agency, as Coordinator of the Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) grant
program. The TAY program was established so that young adults already
in the public mental health system could receive comprehensive counseling,
education and assistance to learn skills for independent living.
Dexter Williams was hired based upon his representations that he
had a masters degree in social work, the requisite clinical social
work experience, and that he was licensed in Maryland as a clinical
social worker. As TAY Coordinator, Williams was responsible to identify
and provide the services and training needed by the clients, as
well as the development of their treatment plans.
Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc., a core agency for
the TAY program, complained to Williams' employers about his job
performance. Williams resigned from Vesta, Inc. on or about July
24, 2001. Further complaints by Anne Arundel Mental Health Agency
lead to the State's investigation, which determined that Williams
has never been licensed as a clinical social worker. Furthermore,
the masters degree diploma and LCSW-C license that he submitted
to his employer were fake.
Williams faces additional charges in Baltimore County District Court.
The trial date there is scheduled for October 21, 2002.
case was prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations Division of the
Attorney General's Office, with the assistance of the Maryland Board
of Social Work Examiners.