Ex-child welfare worker enters guilty plea to perjury that resulted in child removal

Chelsie Gray, 30, of Lawler, Iowa (Iowa Department of Public Safety)
Chelsie Gray, 30, of Lawler, Iowa (Iowa Department of Public Safety)(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 21, 2019 at 2:39 PM CDT
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An Iowa social services worker has entered a guilty plea to perjury over her false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents.

Former Iowa Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray entered a written Alford plea to the felony charge last week under a proposed plea agreement with prosecutors.

Such a plea is an acknowledgment that prosecutors may have enough evidence to prove her guilt at trial but that she maintains her innocence.

If accepted by a judge, prosecutors would dismiss two other perjury counts and she will be recommended for a deferred judgment. That means the charge would be wiped away from her record if she stays out of trouble.

A judge has scheduled a plea and sentencing hearing for Dec. 3.

Gray, 30, was charged in April with making several false statements during a December 2017 hearing in which she recommended a judge terminate the parental rights of a mother and father.