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Social worker charged with rape told victim sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment

Posted: 1:56 PM, Mar 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 22:35:19Z
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CLEVELAND — A licensed social worker with the Centers for Families and Children has been indicted on felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a client and telling her it was necessary for mental health treatment.

Gamalier Felicie, 44, has been charged with rape, sexual battery, attempted rape and attempted sexual battery.

The indictment states that on Jan. 25, 2019, Felicie told the 37-year-old victim that “sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment purposes."

According to Cleveland Police, the day after the attack, the woman walked into the police station and told officers she was afraid, had a panic attack and had to tell her husband what happened. Officers wrote in their report, the victim was "distraught and confused while being interviewed" and told police that her daughters receive counseling in the same building.

According to a statement from facility administrators, Felicie was immediately placed on leave when the allegations surfaced. Administrators reported it to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Cuyahoga County’s Addiction, Mental Health (ADAMHS) Board. The allegations were also reported to Cleveland police and other state officials.

When asked if investigators thought there were more victims, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office would only say the investigation is on-going.

A check of online records showed Felicie had no history of discipline with the Ohio Counselor Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Felicie is free on bond and scheduled to appear in court April 10.

Elizabeth Newman, the President and CEO of Circle Health Services and The Centers for Families and Children, released the following statement:

The safety and well-being of our clients is always our highest priority. These allegations, if true, would be an egregious violation of our policies and standards of professional conduct, and grounds for termination. In order to protect our clients, Mr. Felicie remains on leave and has no interaction with clients, pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.