Wauwatosa therapist accused of abusing autistic boy
WATERFORD – An autism therapist from Wauwatosa has been charged with abusing a young boy he was supposed to be helping. Stephen Jacobs was accused of abusing the child after he started crying during a therapy session at the boy’s home in Waterford.
The boy’s mother became suspicious that the treatments hadn’t been working. She set up a video camera to record one of the sessions.
Video footage showed Jacobs shaking the boy and snapping his head back and forth, head-butting him in the face and kicking his head. Once she saw the video, the mom reportedly ordered Jacobs out of her home and contacted police.
Kathleen Woody runs Autism Intervention Milwaukee, a Wauwatosa company where Jacobs has worked part-time for four years.
"We did a due diligence background check. We did contacts with references, which were strong. We had no reason whatsoever to be concerned about anything," Woody said.
Woody tells TODAY’S TMJ4 Jacobs worked with a handful of kids in the past. However, AIM maintains parents never had any complaints.
"[They] raved about him. Wanted him back when we talked about moving him to another case for whatever reason it was. Very strong feedback. Positive feedback. We are stunned," Woody explained.
Court records showed a bond was set at $2,500 for Jacob’s release. He was also prohibited from making any contact with minors. Jacobs could face fines of up to $25,000 and up to 12 ½ years in prison if convicted.