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Counselor accused of having inappropriate relationship with domestic violence patient

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm with No Comments »
January 18, 2013 12:57 pm

A Pierce County counselor has been charged with unprofessional conduct for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a patient she was counseling for domestic violence, according to the state Department of Health.

Lora Dear was working at a mental health facility in Federal Way when she took the case in October 2010. Her patient had been charged with fourth-degree assault, domestic violence-strangulation and exposing children to domestic violence.

The state said Dear already knew the patient but still acted as his counselor, recommending he undergo a 12-month program. During that time, Dear is accused of the following:

-           having her vehicle repaired at an auto body shop where the patient worked and borrowing his car while hers was out of commission.

-           Inviting him to her home and visiting him and his family in California.

-           Posting a picture of “romantic or sexual nature” of herself and her patient on the Internet, along with a comment stating “He loves me.”

The mental health facility where Dear worked fired her in August after learning of her personal relationship with the patient.

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