Two of the certified nursing assistants, charged with having sexual relations with patients at a Fayette County residential facility, have made a plea.

Paige Johanningmeier, 23, of Elgin, and Megan Penny, 26, of Clermont, had been charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, for establishing relationships with two 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, each woman gets a deferred judgement. 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. Carolyn Wiedrich, 44, of Sumner; Shelby Sebring, 24, of Hawkeye; and Jamie Pagel, 32, of Sumner; were arrested last month on similar charges. Their trials are set for later this year.

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