NEW YORK — A psychologist who has been accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace has stepped down from her job.
Dr. Elizabeth Brooklyn has stepped aside from her position at a state-funded cognitive behavioral therapy clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Brooklin resigned from her clinical role in February after the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office opened a sexual assault investigation into the allegations.
Brooklynn, who is also a licensed clinical psychologist, was fired from her current position in July of this year.
Brooklyn said in a statement that she “never intended to cause the pain and suffering” of the victims.
She added that her actions were “out of character,” but said she had a lot of compassion for her victims and their families.
Brooklin was also suspended from her practice, but the decision was not appealed.
In a statement, the Florida Department of Health said the department would not be commenting further on the matter.
It is not clear what prompted Brookley to resign.
Dr. Brookslyn’s attorney, John Hargrove, said in an interview with ABC News that the case was a personal matter and that she had been “a victim of bullying” at the hands of her former colleague, a woman she hired as a psychologist.
“She was being bullied,” Hargraves told ABC News.
“She was just an incredibly brilliant person.
She did a lot for a lot.”
According to the St. Pete Star-Tribune, Brooklans office has since been raided by state investigators.
The newspaper reported that the investigation is part of a wide-ranging probe into how state officials handle sexual misconduct allegations.
Brookslyn is now the director of cognitive behavior therapy at St. Thomas More Hospital, a state facility in Tampa, Florida, and was paid $1.1 million a year for her service.
She had not yet filed her resignation report when the investigation was launched.
In a letter to the department, Brookslynn wrote that her resignation was not due to the sexual assault allegations.
Instead, she said she was resigning to focus on her family and her career.