From Des Moines Register:
A Des Moines therapist turned herself in to Des Moines police Tuesday after being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a client, authorities said.
Darla Krom, 45, a counselor with Primary Health Care in Des Moines, is charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.
According to police reports, the 39-year-old female victim began seeing Krom as part of couple’s therapy at Counseling Associates of Central Iowa. When that relationship ended, the alleged victim sought individual counseling from Krom, police said.
The therapy sessions began to become longer and include more about Krom’s personal life, and the two began exchanging emails and text messages, the victim told police.
In April 2012, the two allegedly began a physical relationship. After their first encounter, they ended the therapy, began a romantic relationship and moved in together, police said.
Iowa law requires at least a year to pass between the end of therapy and the beginning of a personal relationship, otherwise, the victim is deemed still “emotionally dependent,” on the therapist or former therapist.
Authorities said they have seen emails between the two and are waiting for recovered text messages.
Krom was booked and released from the Polk County Jail.