Local care provider faces sexual exploitation charge

Saturday, November 12, 2016

SPIRIT LAKE A Spirit Lake adult living service employee faces a Class D felony sexual exploitation charge after police suspect she established a physical relationship with one of her clients.

Danielle Shadle, 40, of Harris, was charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist on Friday, Oct. 25. Officers took her in to custody at 1808 Jackson Avenue, which is the location of Echo Plus Inc. in Spirit Lake.

Officers say Shadle and a 28-year-old male both admitted to having sexual intercourse with each other on multiple occasions between Feb. 1 and Oct. 4 of this year, according to a criminal complaint filed Oct. 25 at the Dickinson County Courthouse.

People who provide counseling to vulnerable individuals are prohibited by state law from establishing or trying to establish a sexual relationship with someone under their care. The criminal complaint suggests Shadle was a Hope Haven staff member assisting someone diagnosed with schizophrenia and paranoid tendencies. The male required 24-hour supervision and could not perform some daily living activities, according to court records.

Shadle was originally scheduled for an initial appearance on Thursday, but defense attorney Jack Bjornstad of Okoboji waived the appearance before a magistrate.

On Thursday, he also waived a preliminary hearing and entered a "not guilty" plea on behalf of Shadle. She was ordered by District Associate Judge David Larson to have no contact with the Hope Haven waiver home resident.

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