Solano judge commits doctor to Napa State Hospital

By From page A3 | August 31, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A local physician and surgeon stripped of his medical license last year was ordered Friday to be committed to Napa State Hospital.

Dr. Franklyn Seabrooks Jr., who has been in jail since August, faces felony stalking charges and charges of violating restraining orders.

Seabrooks, animated at times and despondent at times during the hearing, claimed he is the victim of a vast conspiracy engineered by Sutter Health. Seabrooks accused a psychologist who examined him at the jail as a Sutter employee who is trying to frame him. The psychologist reported that Seabrooks was suffering from a delusional disorder.

Seabrooks said he wanted to get to the secured mental health facility as quickly as possible and that being in jail was killing him.

“I don’t want to be kept in a small cell like an animal. It’s inhumane,” Seabrooks told Judge Philip Champlin. “I am not a criminal. These walls are sending me downhill rapidly. They have me in a 7 by 20 room except for one and a half hours a day.”

Seabrooks told Champlin he would reuse to take medication and that he looked forward to meeting the doctors at Napa so they could work together to resolve their concerns.

In January 2011, Seabrooks was discovered lurking at his ex-girlfriend’s home in the middle of the night, wearing a trench coat and hat. A neighbor was so startled by the incident that she got a restraining order against Seabrooks. Since then, according to court records, the neighbor claimed Seabrooks sent her threatening postcards.

The ex-girlfriend got her own restraining order against Seabrooks six months later. She claimed that she ended their five-month relationship in December 2011 but that he started peppering her with text messages, gifts, voice mails, cards and faxes.

Seabrooks insists he is an innocent man. He ended the hearing saying he is going to put Sutter out of business.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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