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Psychiatrist diagnosed Phillip Garrido in 1976 as a 'sexual deviant'

September 1, 2009 |  2:29 pm

PhillipGarridoThe man accused of kidnapping and rape in the disappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard 18 years ago was diagnosed in a 1976 court-ordered psychological evaluation as a sexual deviant and chronic drug abuser.

Phillip Garrido, now 58, was examined by a forensic psychiatrist in 1976 while under arrest for kidnapping and raping Katherine Callaway. The evaluation was done in the run-up to his federal trial for transporting Callaway from South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to Reno before the assault.

Dr. Lynn B. Gerow Jr. wrote that Garrido’s “sexual deviation” could have been caused by four years of daily LSD use, along with regular abuse of marijuana, alcohol and cocaine.

[Updated, 4:25 pm: A previous version of this post identified Dr. Lynn B. Gerow Jr. as a psychologist.  She is a psychiatrist.]

Gerow wrote in Garrido's psychological report that his condition was "usually associated with compulsive masturbation. This aspect is clearly present in this man and is part of his multiple sexual deviation.”

Gerow also noted that Garrido was “competent” to understand the charges against him and said that, at the time of the crime, “the defendant as a result of mental disease or defect, did not lack substantial capacity either to appreciate the wrongfulness of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law.”

A separate neurological evaluation by Dr. Albert F. Peterman said that Garrido had no “hard evidence of organic brain damage.” Peterman also reported that Garrido “is looking forward to going to court, has found religion and feels his life will change for the better.”

Garrido was ultimately found guilty of kidnapping Callaway and pleaded guilty to the rape charge.

-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco

Photo: Phillip Garrido appears Friday in a Placerville, Calif., courtroom during his arraignment on 28 felony counts stemming from the abduction of Jaycee Dugard in 1991. Garrido pleaded not guilty to charges including forcible abduction, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. At left is Garrido's court-appointed attorney, Susan Gellman. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press