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Therapist: I had to warn others about Kusick

9:53 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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Kusick, 20, was a patient of Dr. Corey Candelaria's. Candelaria said patient confidentiality has to be overlooked when there's a threat to any individuals.

"It is the responsibility to warn proper authorities if either the client or community is in credible threat of harm," Dr. Candelaria said. "That's how I handled those situations, and I will notify proper authorities in those situations."

Candelaria wouldn't comment on the case because it's still considered an open investigation. He also wouldn't comment on Kusick, since he was a patient of his.

9Wants to Know learned Kusick called Dr. Candelaria on Oct. 28, one day after he argued with his family over money.

When Dr. Candelaria and Kusick met that day, Kusick confessed his plan.

Candelaria sent Kusick to a hospital, as well as a mental health facility. Kusick was later interviewed by local and federal authorities and charged with threatening to kill the president and threatening an educational facility.

Kusick admitted to wanting to harm people from as far back as 2007. He told police he wanted to go down in history as a murderer who caused mass casualties and as someone who took out a high profiled figure like the president.

Mitchell Kusick faces five years in prison on the federal charge and a year and a half for the state misdemeanor. He's due back in court on Friday.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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