Friday, August 28, 2009

BMCW Worker Impregnates Client

This is just so sick, words cannot describe it:

A state social worker who investigated a report of child abuse for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare later had sex with the child's emotionally troubled mother and impregnated her. He then hid the woman's pregnancy and the birth of their daughter from the bureau, even as the mother sought to retain custody of two other children, the Journal Sentinel has learned.

The 56-year-old social worker, Peter J. Nelsen, was allowed to resign from the bureau April 15, according to bureau records.

Within months of his resignation, the bureau removed the 1-year-old girl from her mother and placed her in Nelsen's home. The other children - a 5-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy - also had been removed.

Nelsen is now seeking sole custody of the 1-year-old.

There is so much wrong with this I don't even know where to begin.

The social worker, Peter Nelsen violated the law and every ethic there is in social work. He not only took advantage of a mentally ill woman, but a woman who was his client. That is about the worst thing a social worker can do.

In the mid-1990s, I worked in a group home for teens in Burlington. One of my coworkers sexually assaulted on of the teens in the home on a Halloween night, the first night he worked alone with the kids. When I came to work the next day, and we discovered what had happened, I was never so outraged. I felt almost as betrayed as this bastard's victim. I was so angry and so upset, that when I was driving home, and was able to drop my professional demeanor, I had to pull over to become physically ill.

The guy was immediately reported to the police, and I spent four days driving between Burlington, Milwaukee and Racine to testify against the bastard. I am proud to say that he was convicted, although I have learned later that some lawyer got his conviction overturned on a technicality.

This guy makes me feel the same way, even though I've never met him, and have been out of foster care for eight years now.

He should have been fired immediately upon discovery of the story, have his social work license permanently revoked and be criminally prosecuted. His supervisors and the fool that decided to try to sweep the whole thing under the rug should also be fired and investigated for possible criminal charges.

Then the same Bureau that failed to do the right thing of firing him and reporting him to the authorities has the audacity of placing the child with him. The best he should have is supervised visitation until the whole thing is thoroughly investigated and it is determined he is capable of keeping the child out of harm's way, which, judging from the story, does not seem to be the case.

The whole thing is just disgusting.

This is also another example of why the system is broken and needs major overhauling. Too bad our elected officials, like Alberta Darling, are too busy grandstanding and playing golf to actually do what they are supposed to do.


  1. Gee.

    Why don't you tell us what you REALLY think about the guy?

    We agree, by the way, that the supervisor who "forgot" to send the paperwork to licensing should also be fired. Now.

    AND get the name into the paper, too...

    I smell cronyism

  2. I don't know of much cronyism in the BMCW, put a lot of incompetence. Methinks it is more a case of laziness, ineptitude and CYA.