Boise, Idaho’s Richard Pines accused of abusing 3 minors between 2004 and 2008

Richard Pines, 63, of Boise, Ada County, Idaho, United States is a former adolescent psychiatrist. He earned his master’s degree in experimental psychology from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1984 and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa, USA in 1989.

In 1997, Pines was licensed in Idaho. He worked as a consulting psychiatrist for Boise School District from 2000 to 2004 and for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare from 2001 to 2004.


Between 2004 and 2008, Pines allegedly sexually assaulted three minors in Boise County, Idaho. In 2011, he allegedly had improper sexual contact with two former patients.

The Idaho Board of Medicine filed a complaint against Pines in 2012 and revoked his medical license in 2013. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also revoked his foster-parent license.


In 2015, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that Pines violated state law but sent the case back to the district level to determine if it was correct to strip him of his medical license. On March 6, 2018, the Idaho Board of Medicine and the doctor entered into an agreement that allowed him to work again, under which he was prohibited from treating patients under age 18 for at least five years and would be allowed to ask the board to modify that restriction after five years.

On March 17, 2023, Pines was arrested by Boise Police Department detectives in partnership with the Boise County Sheriff’s Office and the Boise County Prosecutor’s Office. He was booked into the Ada County Jail in Boise and charged with three counts of lewd conduct with child under 16.   

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