Shannon Riley, social worker, had sex with client in the park
|Shannon Riley abused her position as a social worker|
Riley, 40, was entrusted with an adult man who had a "history of chemical dependency and past sexual abuse," according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. In early 2011, Riley took him to a medical visit then took him to a park, where she had sex with him, she admitted in court Wednesday.
The social worker was originally charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. The other was dropped as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors also alleged in their initial complaint that on another occasion, Riley took the patient to a liquor store and gave him oral sex on the side of the road. Her car battery died during the encounter, but she managed to revive it, take the man to a motel, and have sex with him "several times."
Riley allegedly took the man to her Maple Grove home in February 2011 where she gave him four pills he believed to be vicodin and slept with him in her bed.
For those wondering where the harm was, prosecutors claim the man suffered "physical and chemical health setbacks" as a result of their sexual relationship.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman blasted Riley in a statement.
"This kind of conduct upon a person entrusted to her care is simply unacceptable," Freeman said. "We expect more from our public employees, especially those entrusted with the treatment and care of our vulnerable adults. When they violate the public trust, they must pay a serious price."
Riley faces sentencing June 4 and is expected to receive a year and a day in prison plus 10 years supervised release.