Former Euless marriage counselor guilty of sexually assaulting client

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A jury found marriage counselor Sheila Loven guilty of sexual assault on Tuesday for having sex with a client.

During the trial this week, an Arlington couple who sought counseling from Loven testified that she took advantage of what she learned during sessions to deceive them both.

Tarrant County prosecutors charged Loven, 47, with sexual assault, accusing her of breaking state law by using her influence as a counselor to coerce the husband into having sex in summer 2009. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Loven surrendered her professional license on April 25, 2010, according to the website of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

According to testimony, Loven and her former employer, Kool Solutions Counseling of Euless, settled a lawsuit with the couple for $275,000.

Loven and the husband had sex for more than two months in the summer of 2009 before the husband and wife compared notes and realized that Loven had deceived them, according to testimony in the trial, which began one week ago today.

The sentencing phase in the trial was to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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