On September 23, 2009, the Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board revoked clinical social worker Peter J. Nelsen’s license.
From 1997 until April 2009, Nelsen was employed by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare (BMCW). In 2007, he was assigned to investigation a report of physical abuse of a child in the home of “Ms. A., a woman with a history of BMCW referrals who had lost parental rights to her 3-year-old son in 2006. Nelsen concluded his investigation, concluding that the abuse report was unsubstantiated.
However, during 2007, Nelsen continued to visit Ms. A. socially at her home and the two had sexual intercourse over a period of time.
Shortly after Nelsen concluded his investigation, another allegation of child abuse in Ms. A’s home was referred to BMCW, which resulted in her two children being removed from her custody and placed in protective care.
Ms. A. became pregnant and, according to the results of DNA testing, Nelsen is the father of the child who was born August 19, 2008. Ms. A. contends that she had sex with Nelsen in late 2007 because he told her he could help her keep BMCW from removing her two children from the home.
The newborn was placed with Nelsen, which was questioned by an investigator with Milwaukee County, which ultimately led to Nelsen resigning his position with the county. In addition to revocation, he is also required to pay $515 to the Department of Regulation and Licensing for the costs of the investigation and proceeding against him.
Source: Final Decision and Order LS 0909231SOC, in the Matter of the Disciplinary Proceedings Against Peter J. Nelsen, C.S.W., Division of Enforcement case #09 SOC 039, September 23, 2009.