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The former worker for Craig County schools said the girl spoke only of having unprotected sex.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
RICHMOND — Accused by state regulators of failing to report the rape of a high school student, the former nurse for Craig County schools said Wednesday that she never believed the girl was raped.
“At no time did the girl allude” to being raped, Trena Boudreaux told a representative of the Virginia Board of Nursing. “She led me to believe it was consensual.”
According to Boudreaux, the girl came to her in December 2007 because she was concerned about having had unprotected sex while on a date the previous night. About three weeks later, after getting in trouble and being confronted by her parents, the girl said she had been raped, Boudreaux said during a hearing today.
As a registered nurse, Boudreaux faces disciplinary charges of neglecting the health and well-being of the student by failing to report the incident to school officials, law enforcement or the girl’s parents.
Janet Younger, a former member of the Board of Nursing who presided over the hearing as an agency subordinate, has 90 days to make a recommendation to the board. The board will take final action on the recommendation, which could range from exoneration to revocation of Boudreaux’s license.
Under questioning from Younger, Boudreaux said she could not recall the exact age of the girl — “15 or 16 at the time” — and that she did not know the age of her partner.
“You are aware that’s a very important issue? The age?” Younger asked.
Boudreaux said other school officials, including a guidance counselor, were made aware of the incident.
It was unclear if the alleged rape was ever reported to law enforcement. Craig County Commonwealth’s Attorney Thad Cox said his office was never notified of the case. Craig County Sheriff Clifford Davidson could not be reached for comment.
Boudreaux said Wednesday that she resigned under duress earlier this year after nine years as the Craig Country school nurse.
“I miss the children terribly,” she said, “and I want to go back to work.”
Also at Wednesday’s hearing, Boudreaux faced an allegation of obtaining blood samples from “numerous students” without a physician’s order from 2009 until February of this year. She did not contest that charge, saying she believed she was authorized to perform the “finger sticks” to check a student’s blood sugar level when needed.
“She did so with care and the purest of intentions,” her attorney, Ross Allen of Richmond, told Younger.
One of the blood tests, Boudreaux said, indirectly led to the administrative charges against her.
After treating a second-grader for disorientation at least three times — including checking her blood sugar level and finding it to be normal — Boudreaux reported the case to the Department of Social Services in February as a possible case of parental neglect.
After learning that Boudreaux had reported the case, the child’s mother became angry and began complaining to school officials and state regulators. It was only then, Allen said, that the 6-year-old case of alleged rape came back up.
“That’s why the allegations go all the way back to 2007,” he said. “It seems they’re throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks.”
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