A social worker with the Iowa Department of Public Health was arrested in Warren County after she allegedly engaged in sexual activities with a former client, according to court documents.

Valerie Huntley, 43, of St. Charles, who has been a licensed social worker since March of 2002, was arrested Feb. 21 after she allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a client multiple times between October 2015 and July 2016.

According to court documents, the unnamed client began receiving services from Huntley in January of 2012. Their client/patient relationship ended June 29, 2014, according to the documents, because the two had become friends.

The documents state Huntley kissed the client on the lips on May 5, 2015 and the relationship became sexual in October 2015.

According to court documents filed by Warren County Attorney Doug Eichholz, Huntley is in violation of several sections under Iowa Code 709.15, which prohibits state workers who provide mental health services from sexually exploiting patients. Former patients and clients are included under Iowa Code section 709.15(1)c.

She has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist, which is a Class D Felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

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