BETTENDORF -- A Bettendorf counselor was arrested Monday afternoon more than a month after police say she engaged in unwanted kissing and touching with an adult patient at her home.
Aracely Schutters, 45, faces one count of sexual exploitation by a counselor/therapist, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
She posted $5,000 through a bail bond company and was released from the Scott County jail at 9:19 a.m. Tuesday.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, the incident happened around 9 p.m. Dec. 4.
Schutters invited the patient to her home via text messages to talk about the patient’s problems, according to the affidavit.
She had been employed as the patient’s therapist at The Compass in Bettendorf for about a year and a half, according to the patient.
The patient had never previously met with Schutters outside of her office, according to the patient.
The patient got into Schutter’s hot tub with the intent of discussing issues the patient had been dealing with earlier that day, according to the affidavit.
Schutters persistently tried to get the patient to drink several alcoholic drinks and engaged in unwanted kissing and touching, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Schutters said something to the effect of “this is so wrong, I can’t be your counselor anymore.”
The patient got out of the hot tub and left Schutters' home. Schutters later apologized through text messages and a phone call, according to the affidavit.
Bettendorf Police Capt. Keith Kimball said the patient reported the incident two days later.
In an interview with police, Schutters admitted that she kissed the patient in the hot tub, according to the affidavit.
Schutters was arrested Monday afternoon as she was leaving work, Kimball said.
Iowa Code criminalizes any sexual conduct by a therapist or counselor with an emotionally dependent patient or client or an emotionally dependent former patient or client, regardless of age.
Sexual conduct, according to Iowa Code, includes kissing or touching.