Former counselor sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail

MILFORD — A former counselor was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Tuesday after earlier pleading guilty to raping a teen client attending a drug and alcohol treatment center in 2015.

Rebecca Q. Winters (also known as Adams) was taken to prison for three counts of fourth-degree rape regarding a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male in treatment for marijuana use at now-closed Crossroads of Delaware in Milford. She was 30 years old when entering a guilty plea during the third day of her trial on Dec. 21, 2016.

Kent County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clark also ordered a year of probation to follow the prison stay, and completion of the Transitions Sex Offender program. Adams was ordered to have no contact with the victim or his family, forfeit any counseling credentials/licenses, and register as a Tier II Sex Offender, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.

The DOJ had no comment after the sentencing. Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson prosecuted the case, with attorney John Malik representing the defendant.

Rebecca Q. Winters

An earlier proceeding ended in a mistrial after testimony from a Dover Police Department detective. The state re-filed charges and the case was re-tried.

According to trial testimony, Winters and the youth spent an increasing amount of time together after regularly scheduled weekday treatment sessions concluded in 2015. Meetings also took place on weekends and violated curfew terms at times, investigation found.

Recreational trips to the movies, restaurants and beach were detailed, along with alleged sexual encounters at Winters’ Dover apartment, counseling center in Milford and Wal-Mart and Dover Mall parking lots. Winters was married at the time of the reported affair.

Sexual encounters allegedly occurred in the back of a Crossroads of Delaware van, according to testimony.

An investigation began in August 2015 after an anonymous tip arrived from Crossroads to the Delaware Division of Family Services.

Winters was initially charged with 36 counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, and two counts of providing alcohol to a minor.

A civil lawsuit against Winters and Crossroads of Delaware was also filed on behalf of the juvenile.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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