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Cops: Woman Charged with Interfering in Sexual Assault Cause

Valerie Wilke turned herself in at police headquarters last week.

[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

A Fairfield woman was arrested last week for allegedly interfering in a sexual assault investigation, police said.

Valerie Wilke, 52, a social worker, was charged with failure to report abuse or neglect and interfering with a police officer in connection to the case involving former Staples High School swim coach Jeffrey Schare, according to police.

Wilke reportedly informed a school counselor of claims made by two Fairfield girls, but would not provide any information about the victims. According to police, Wilke intended to make her own assessment and interview the victims.

After the school counselor notified police, investigators contacted Wilke for information to aid the investigation, department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier said. She reportedly refused to give detectives the names of the victims. Police determined Wilke did not follow proper legal procedure for reporting sexual assault claims and applied for a warrant for her arrest.

Wilke turned herself in at police headquarters and was released on a written promise to appear in court on Jan. 23.

Igor January 14, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Aren't social workers like doctors or priests? Where you tell a social worker something in confidence it says in confidence? I applaud the woman's courage.
Igor January 14, 2013 at 09:33 PM
sorry stays
merrgo73 January 16, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I have never posted anything on the patch, but I find you comment that ignorant. We are talking about minors being sexually abused. It is her job to report abuse not to protect the abuser.
Igor January 16, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I'm sorry you find my comment ignorant merrgo73. Did you ever stop to think maybe it's at the request of the victims? Maybe they don't want to go through the media coverage?
Igor January 16, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I'm sorry you find my comment ignorant merrgo73. Did you ever stop to think maybe it's at the request of the victims? Maybe they don't want to go through the media coverage?
TBL of CT January 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Connecticut law requires certain citizens to report suspected child abuse and neglect. These mandated reporters are people in professions or occupations that have contact with children or whose primary focus is children. The law requires that they report suspected child abuse or neglect. Under Section 17a-101 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Igor January 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Remember the article said she would not give any information about the victims, it does not say she didn't say anything about the accused.
Igor January 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM
Also I might add TBL the article did say she informed a school counselor of the instances. From those statement I think it's the victims that didn't wish their names dragged through the mud as most of these cases are.
Deeana Findley Richards January 20, 2013 at 09:03 PM
The victims are minors so their names would not be in the media regardless. This is a licensed social worker who knows the law. There is no excuse. These victims needed to be protected and she did not do what she promised to do under the law to protect them and to make sure they were out of harms way. I am assuming her license will be revoked as well. Such as horrible incident all the way around. Praying for these poor children and hoping there aren't more.
Igor January 21, 2013 at 08:37 PM
DeeRich, I can't fault you for your thought process. Maybe I watch too much TV and read too much. I would like to know the reasoning for her actions. Unfortunately we never really get all the facts, only bits and pieces. Only what sells papers

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