- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A Dubuque mental health counselor’s license has been placed under probation following allegations of dependent adult abuse.

A settlement agreement with the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science released Monday says 68-year-old Lowell R. Routley’s license is under probation for two years. The Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1l5b1su ) he is required to undergo therapy and complete further ethics training.

Court documents say between November 2010 and October 2012, Routley withdrew funds for personal use from the special-needs trust fund of a patient for whom he was a trustee. He reimbursed the account for some purchases.

Routley was charged with dependent adult abuse-exploitation, and entered an Alford plea in December under a plea deal. An Alford plea means a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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