Susan Shelton has been charged with sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist in connection to a relationship with a client over a three-month period.

FORT WALTON BEACH — A licensed mental health counselor has been charged with sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist in connection to a relationship with a client over a three-month period.



The victim told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators last May that 46-year-old Susan Shelton had been his local therapist for approximately two years at the Bridgeway Center Inc. He says they started a sexual relationship in November of 2018 that lasted until January 2019 while he was still her client.


According to the arrest report from the OCSO, the victim told authorities he and Shelton spent time at each other’s homes and his family met Shelton as his significant other.


Shelton denied any relationship with the man outside of work, telling deputies he is delusional and was never allowed in her home.


The victim then provided OCSO investigators photographs as well as two videos of the pair together outside the office, including at the defendant’s home, showing the relationship was sexual in nature.


In addition, investigators found evidence on Shelton’s cellphone of website searches in January 2019 on the subjects of "dual relationship client with therapist" and "how to break up with a crazy partner without destroying u."


She was arrested Thursday, Nov. 21. Sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist is a third-degree felony.