Stafford Woman Convicted After Posing as Psychologist


(Stafford)- Officials say a Stafford woman was convicted yesterday after falsely posing as a psychologist in Stafford County.  Sharonda Avery entered an alford plea for nine felony counts.  An alford plea is where the defendant has not admitted guilt but acknowledges there’s enough substantial evidence to convict them.  The self-proclaimed Doctor Avery was arrested last May 2019 after an investigation discovered her college degrees and her resume were fake.  She treated mostly children between 2013 and 2017 and since her arrest, more than 100 families have come forward expressing concerns.  Avery faces up to 140 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced in July.