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Last nurse assistant pleads in Prairie View investigation

Last nurse assistant pleads in Prairie View investigation

FAYETTE – The final nursing assistant has pleaded to charges in an investigation into sexual exploitation allegations at the Prairie View Residential Care Facility.

Shelby Sebring, 24, of Hawkeye, had been charged with felony sexual exploitation by a mental health worker, but as part of a plea agreement, Sebring on Wednesday entered a guilty plea to a single count of misdemeanor simple assault in Fayette County District Court in West Union.

The assault charge doesn’t contain any sexual allegations.

Sebring was sentenced to 30 days in jail with all but four days suspended, and was given 96 hours of community service to serve in lieu of the four days. She was also fined $65 plus costs and surcharges.

A civil suit against Sebring and Prairie View brought by a facility resident is still pending.

Sebring was one of five Prairie View staff to be arrested in early 2018 on sex allegations involving patients at the center, which offers services to adults with chronic mental illness.

Carolyn Wiedrich, 44, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation and was granted a deferred judgment with two to five years probation. Jamie Leah Pagel, 32, pleaded misdemeanor exploitation and was given a deferred judgment with two years probation. Paige Johanningmeier, 23, and Megan Penney, 26, pleaded to misdemeanor wanton neglect charges and were granted deferred judgments with probation.


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