An Oak Lawn counselor was arrested last week after police said he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old patient.
Troy Jefferson Welty, 60, faces one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney.
Dallas police were called the afternoon of Oct. 29 about an assault in the 3000 block of Hood Street, the location of Welty’s office, and met with the girl and her family, an arrest-warrant affidavit says.
The girl’s sister told police that the 13-year-old had an appointment with Welty that morning and reported the assault to her mother immediately afterward. The sister said the 13-year-old has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old because she is diagnosed with autism, epilepsy and hydrocephalus — a buildup of fluid in the brain.
In an interview with detectives, the girl said Welty pulled down her pants and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit says.
Welty was booked into the Dallas County jail and has since posted $50,000 bond.
According to Welty’s profile on Psychology Today, the licensed professional counselor specializes in treating children and adolescents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Welty does not have any disciplinary history and his license remains active, according to the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council.