Former therapist receives 4-year sentence for sexually abusing patient

(ABC 6 News) – Mandy Erin Hyland, a former Rochester therapist who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a client, received a 48-month, or 4-year prison sentence in Olmsted County Court Tuesday, March 5.

Hyland was originally arrested in July of 2023, after a former patient told law enforcement that she had begun a sexual relationship with him while treating him–then refused to let him cut off contact.

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She was re-arrested in October after Olmsted County staff allegedly found copious evidence that she had been in close contact with the former patient from whom she had been ordered to maintain distance.

She was released at the end of the same month after pleading guilty to 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct–prohibited occupational relationship.

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Hyland was ordered to report to the MN Correctional Facility in Shakopee March 5, with credit for 28 days served in the Olmsted County ADC.

She was also sentenced to 10 years’ probation after release, and ordered to register as a predatory offender.