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November 16, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
- Kimberly Ricketts, Director


Jeff Lamm, Kara Wood


Social Worker Agrees to Voluntarily Surrender His License

NEWARK — A social worker who has been charged with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment by local authorities today agreed to voluntarily surrender his license and cease practice, Attorney General Peter C. Harvey and Consumer Affairs Director Kimberly Ricketts announced.

The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners was scheduled to hold a hearing this morning on the temporary suspension of Richard J. Mieliwocki’s license to practice social work. The hearing was scheduled after Mieliwocki, a resident of Madison, was criminally charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of criminal sexual contact.

If the agreement to voluntarily surrender Mieliwocki’s license had not been reached, the Board was prepared to convene the hearing as scheduled.

"The criminal allegations raise serious issues about the safety of clients," Attorney General Harvey said. "We cannot allow this social worker to remain in practice while these allegations are pending."

"Our licensing boards regulate various professions on behalf of consumers," Director Ricketts added. "When the professional conduct of licensees is called into question, the boards will act, as in this matter, to ensure that the public is protected."

Mieliwocki’s license surrender remains in effect until further order of the Board.

Deputy Attorney General Kathy Stroh-Mendoza represented the State in this matter.

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