Carl Robert Showalter

This is a Mennonite church worker who has been publicly accused of sexual abuse. They are listed here as part of the Mennonite Abuse Prevention (MAP) list. Anyone with additional information or documentation on this person, please contact mennonite[at] or mail to MAP List, P.O. Box 442632, Lawrence, KS, 66044. All sources will be kept confidential.


Name: Carl Robert Showalter

Date of birth: 1939

Description: Allegations that he forced patients to masturbate in front of him in counseling sessions and sometimes took pictures of them doing so. Described by Showalter as "masturbation therapy." At least seven known victims.

Church-related positions held: Psychiatrist in private practice in the Mennonite community of Harrisonburg, VA and for James Madison University; also a primary referral for Eastern Mennonite University students experiencing mental health challenges during the 70's and 80's. 

Current employment/location (as of 2016): Retired, living in Harrisonburg, VA

Documentation (click on the following for links to documents)"Board pulls psychiatrist's credentials: City doctor's license suspended for using unproven treatments," Harrisonburg Daily News Record, February 7, 1998.  

"State suspends psychiatrist's license," Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 6, 1998.

 "JMU psychiatrist's license suspended," The Breeze, James Madison University, February 12, 1998.

"Counselor's license is revoked: Evidence found in probe of co-worker," Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 14, 1998.

"Showalter to admit fraud: Harrisonburg psychiatrist to enter plea, lose license," Harrisonburg Daily News-Record, November 18, 1998.

 "Psychiatrist pleads guilty to charges: Action means permanent loss of medical license," Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 14, 1999.