Ex-Texas counselor gets probation for sex assault

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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:32 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former professional marriage counselor in North Texas has received 10 years of probation after she was convicted of sexually assaulting a male client.

The Tarrant County district attorney's office says a jury took more than an hour to sentence 47-year-old Sheila Loven, who had a practice in the Fort Worth suburb of Euless. On Tguesday, jurors convicted Loven of sexual assault of the man in 2009.

Prosecutors say Loven held joint and individual counseling sessions with an Arlington husband and wife while trying to seduce the man. Loven also abused her position as a counselor when she sent both clients degrading and sexual text messages.

The couple also complained to state regulators about Loven. Records show she gave up her counselor's license in 2010.

The couple later divorced.

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