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Counselor accused of having sex with teen patient

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Amanda Leann Kueht, 28, is charged with sexual assault of a child under 17

A substance abuse counselor is accused of having sex with one of her patients -- a 16-year-old boy -- and police say it happened more than once.

According to police, the counselor and her patient had attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on a July night after which they went 'parking.' When police arrived, the whole alleged relationship began to unravel.

Until Tuesday, Amanda Leann Kueht was a drug and alcohol recovery counselor. Now she's a defendant, arrested Tuesday night by West University Place police. Now Kueht, 28, is charged with sexual assault of a child under 17.

"Had inappropriate contact with a victim that is underage," said prosecutor Amanda Skillen.

On July 27 in a church parking lot, a West U. patrol officer is said to have spotted a car. It didn't seem right and then he observed a partially dressed male teenager and Keuht in the back seat.

"The female subject in the back seat was 28 years of age and the male subject in the back seat -- our victim -- was 16 years of age," said Patrick Phil Clark of the West U. Place Police Department.

The couple's clothes were disheveled. Later, the teen told investigators while no sex took place that night, it had before.

"It had been going on for a few weeks with numerous encounters," said Clark.

According to court documents, the teen told the officer that Kueht was his substance abuse counselor for about a year and that they had been engaged in a sexual relationship for about two weeks. The teen also said he and Kueht had a sexual encounter in the parking lot of his apartment complex in Houston.

Court documents state the teen also told police that he had other sexual relations with Kueht during a retreat with his recovery group in Idaho.

Kueht was a counselor at Cornerstone Recovery in Houston where the teenage boy was a client.

Based on the boy's statements, Kueht was arrested and was in court Thursday morning. She is free on $30,000 bond. She left the courthouse with her family.

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