Bettendorf counselor pleads guilty again to sex exploitation

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — A Bettendorf counselor has pleaded guilty again to kissing and touching a client against the woman’s wishes.

The Quad-City Times reports that 46-year-old Aracely Schutters filed a written plea Wednesday, January 23. The charge: misdemeanor sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist. Schutters’ sentencing is scheduled for March 7.

Schutters initially pleaded guilty in February of 2018, but a judge later allowed her to take back the plea after learning Schutters was not informed of some of the plea’s ramifications, including being required to register as a sex offender.

An arrest affidavit says the incident happened Dec. 4, 2017, when Schutters invited the client to her home to talk about the client’s problems. The client reported getting into Schutters’ hot tub, where the counselor reportedly kissed and touched the client. The client then got out of the hot tub and left Schutters’ home.

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