MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The founder of the West Virginia Society of Ghost Hunters was placed on three years of supervised probation by a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge who suspended an 18-month jail sentence for her convictions of practicing medicine and counseling without a license.
At the end of a two-day trial in September 2007, a jury found Susan R. Crites, 57, of 208 Ruffed Grouse Lane, guilty of three counts of practicing medicine without a license and five counts of counseling without a license.
Prior to hearing the sentencing terms decided by Judge Gray Silver III, Crites said she felt terrible for what happened, specifically mentioning the ordeal of one woman who apparently relied on the defendant's advice before a physician later discovered she had a cancerous tumor.
"I was horrified to learn that she thought I was giving her medical treatment," Crites said.
Earlier this month, 23rd Judicial Circuit judge David H. Sanders in a judgment order said Crites and two other defendants named in a civil action were liable for $350,000 in damages sought by Lisa Scheiger, the "patient" with the cancerous growth.