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Former child welfare employee being sued by client whom he got pregnant


MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee woman has sued a former child welfare employee who got her pregnant while investigating abuse against her two children.

Theola Nealy claimed that former state case-worker Peter Nelsen ordered her to get an abortion, or she would lose everything.

Nealy refused to get the abortion, after she got pregnant in 2007. A few weeks later, she said the state took her 3-and-5-year-old children into custody – and she never got them back, even though the abuse allegation could not be confirmed. Nealy also lost her baby because Nelsen kept her, and she’s almost three now.

He resigned from the state’s child welfare bureau in 2009, about eight months after the girl was born. Nelsen’s state social work license was revoked in the fall of ’09.

Nealy’s attorney, Joy Bertrand, said Nelsen was supposed to protect some of the most vulnerable people, but he quote, “preyed upon them.” The suit seeks unspecified damages from Nelsen, the child bureau, and the state Department of Children-and-Families.

Nelsen has not commented.

The state agency said it had not seen the lawsuit as of Monday but added quote, “The actions of Mr. Nelsen are completely unacceptable.”