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Child sex abuse victim says he came forward after suspecting psychiatrist had more victims

Psychiatrist arrested in Georgia over child sex abuse cases in Miami-Dade

A man said he is sharing his experience with child sex abuse because he believes his abuser might have had more victims.
A man said he is sharing his experience with child sex abuse because he believes his abuser might have had more victims.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Gentry Fry said he was the victim of Dr. Tom Wyatt’s sexual abuse when he was a little boy in southwest Miami-Dade County. He said he went from being a happy kid to spiraling down with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

Fry said Wyatt, a 65-year-old psychiatrist also known as Thomas Clayton Wyatt, didn’t just abuse him. Fry said his abuser also sexually abused two of his friends when they were little boys.

“He was just a neighborhood fixture,” Fry, 49, said about Wyatt, who was a University of Miami student at the time.

Dr. Thomas Clayton Wyatt was arrested in Georgia for alleged child sex abuse charges in Miami-Dade County. (MDCR)

Fry said one of Wyatt’s victims was a 6-year-old boy who is now an adult and remembers when Wyatt showed him pornography before he sexually assaulted him and continued the abuse for months. Wyatt allegedly drugged the boys.

Fry said he and his lifelong friend didn’t talk about the sexual abuse until they were adults. They reported it in August.

Wyatt had a practice in Chatsworth, Georgia when the Miami-Dade Police Department obtained a warrant to arrest him for the alleged crimes committed more than four decades ago.

“Hopefully, he was not still hurting kids,” Fry said, adding he suspects Wyatt has likely drugged and abused other boys.

Wyatt was recently extradited to Miami-Dade County and booked on Sept. 10. On Wednesday night, he was being held at the Metrowest Detention Center in Doral without bond. He is facing two counts of sexual battery on a minor by an adult. His next hearing is at 9:30 a.m., on Oct. 1.


About the Authors:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.