Two of the Certified Nursing assistants, charged with having sexual relations with patients at a residential facility, have made a plea.


23 year old Paige Johanningmeier of Elgin and 26 year old Megan Penny of Clermont had been charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, for establishing relationships with 2 patients who came up missing from the Prairie View Residential Facility.

In court proceedings, both women have pleaded guilty to Wanton Neglect of a Dependent Adult. The incidents happened in February.

Under the plea agreements, both women get deferred judgements. If they successfully complete a year of probation, the charge will come off their records.

Both also had to pay $315 in penalties.

Three other nursing assistants have pleaded not guilty. 44 year old Carolyn Wiedrich, 24 year old Shelby Sebring, and 32 year old Jamie Pagel were arrested last month on similar charges. Their trials are set for later this year.