Capital Clicks

Board sanctions social workers who kissed client, asked for a photo

By: - October 1, 2021 6:20 pm

Iowa law books. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Iowa Attorney General)

An Iowa social worker who kissed a client has been issued a citation and warning from the Iowa Board of Social Work.

The board alleges that Mary Limas of Roland, who is licensed to practice social work at the masters level, kissed a client on one occasion in December 2020.

That was the same month Limas’ license expired, but she has remained licensed to practice social work due to COVID-related emergency relief provisions that are now in place.

The board charged Limas with “engaging in sexual activities or sexual contact” with a client.

She was issued a citation and warning, and her license was placed on probation for two years.

In an unrelated case, the board recently fined social worker David Steenson of Des Moines $1,000 for a conflict-of-interest ethics violation.

The board alleged Steenson asked a client if he could photograph the client’s face and use it to make a painting.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.