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Mental Health Counselor Sentenced to Probation

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. 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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