A different kind of therapy, I guess.

Boys Totem Town therapist had sex with teen client, charges say

Karen Anne Meyer, 29, was charged Feb. 19, 2016 in Ramsey County District Court with aiding an offender for allegedly helping a teen escape from Boys Totem Town, a residential program for delinquent teens. According to charges, Meyer was an independent mental health therapist at the facility and "had taken a special interest in" the 17-year-old boy. Photo courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. **For future reference: Meyer's DOB is 02/28/1986**

Karen Anne Meyer, 29, was charged Feb. 19, 2016 in Ramsey County District Court with aiding an offender for allegedly helping a teen escape from Boys Totem Town, a residential program for delinquent teens. According to charges, Meyer was an independent mental health therapist at the facility and “had taken a special interest in” the 17-year-old boy. Photo courtesy of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. 

By ELIZABETH MOHR | emohr@pioneerpress.com
March 4, 2016
New charges were filed Friday against a therapist at Boys Totem Town, accusing her of having sex with a teen who lived at the center.

Karen Anne Meyer, 30, had been charged in February with aiding an offender after allegedly helping a 17-year-old boy escape from Boys Totem Town, a residential center for delinquent teens.

She was charged Friday with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct by a therapist and person in a position of authority.

She did not immediately return a call for comment.

According to the criminal complaint, Meyer and the boy, identified as JLW, “had developed an intimate relationship.” The two met several times a day, while “Other clients would request to meet with (Meyer) and she would not have time to see them.”

JLW was reported missing, along with another resident, on Feb. 11.

Sources told investigators that Meyer helped the escape by providing a ride and giving JLW money, the charges said.

JLW remained on the lam until Thursday, when he was arrested in White Bear Lake, according to Friday’s criminal complaint.

“He said he stayed with her (at her St. Paul home) for a week,” the complaint said. “He said that he was hiding in her home when police went there to look for him shortly after he escaped,”

The boy told police that he and Meyer had sex several times at her home, but never at Boys Totem Town, although their daily meetings were flirtatious, the complaint said.

“She told him that she loved him and he told her that he loved her,” the complaint said. “She provided food, money, clothing and shelter for him while he was on the run.”

Meyer, who was a contract mental health therapist at the facility, was the boy’s therapist and “somebody he could talk to, and she was helpful,” according to the complaint.

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