Female clinical therapist who works at a sex offender program sexually assaults young girlBy Mason White 8:24 AM March 31, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
A woman was arrested on charges of sexual assault after a girl told police that she was molested by the woman since she was 10 years old.
The disturbing allegations were made against a clinical therapist who worked at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, She is the former director of the MSU Women’s Center.
57-year-old Wanda Lou Elizabeth Viento of St. Peter, was also accused of threatening to kill the child if she told anyone about the sexual abuse.
Viento was arrested and charged with several felonies.
“These are serious allegations and we are very concerned, but the charges are not related to her duties,” Anne Barry, deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Human Service Department, said in a statement.
Mankato detective Tom Rother interviewed the girl, who said that the sexual abuse began when she was 10 years old, according to the criminal complaint.
Viento babysat the girl when she and an unidentified woman both penetrated the child digitally, while threatening her with a knife and vowed to kill her if she told her mother or anyone about the abuse.
The girl also said that the other woman sometimes used a cellphone to take photos and video of the abuse. The girl said that she was sometimes spanked with a “long brown leather thing.”
Police were called after the girl told a therapist about the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of Viento and her female accomplice.
During questioning, Viento confirmed that she babysat the girl. However, she denied sexually abusing the girl. She also refused to take a lie detector test, saying that it was unreliable and she knew it because she used it in the treatment center.