Updated: Friday, 11 Jan 2013, 9:05 PM EST
Published : Friday, 11 Jan 2013, 8:52 PM EST
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CT Post) -- A licensed social worker, who counseled two young girls after they said they were sexually abused by a Staples High School of Westport swim coach, has been charged with refusing to cooperate in the police investigation.
Valerie Wilke, 51, of 41 Joan Drive, was charged with failure to report abuse or neglect, and interfering with a police officer.
"Since 1967, social workers have been mandated reporters of abuse under state law," said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Cornelius Kelly, who declined to comment on the case against Wilke.
If convicted of both charges, Wilke, who is also the chef of the Bloodroot Restaurant in Bridgeport, could face up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
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