Intern who served as AODA counselor in Dodge County accused of inappropriate relationship with client
DODGE COUNTY — A 37-year-old Columbus, Wisconsin man who served as an intern with the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department has been criminally charged, accused of developing and maintaining an inappropriate, personal relationship with a female client.
According to Dodge County Sheriff’s officials, an investigation began in April, and that investigation confirmed that the alleged relationship was inappropriate and sexual in nature and criminal charges were referred to the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office. Due to a conflict of interest, the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office requested a special prosecutor and the case was forwarded to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.
Kyle Reilly was an unpaid intern with Dodge County through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater — his internship beginning in September. The internship ended on March 1st after officials learned of this alleged inappropriate relationship via a police report from the Horicon Police Department related to an incident that happened in late February.
Reilly served as an AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse) counselor.
Reilly faces two counts of fourth degree sexual assault in this case — misdemeanor charges.
According to a criminal complaint, Reilly was confronted about texting a client on his caseload on his personal phone after hours. Reilly initially denied doing so, but ultimately acknowledged that he had some private, personal contact with this client.
Reilly’s internship was terminated immediately.
The complaint indicates a detective spoke with the female client in this case, who initially said “no” when asked whether something developed between her and Reilly during her therapy sessions, but eventually stated that “they had the same opinions on a lot of things and stuff happened.”
When asked whether they met in person, the female client said “it happened twice.” The woman said she had graduated from the AODA program before this happened.
The complaint states that “due to the previous professional relationship between (Reilly) and the female client, she was not in a reasonable position to consent to any kind of sexual contact.”