Fayette County nursing assistants accused of having sex with missing patients
FAYETTE COUNTY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
Two Fayettte County Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) are accused of sexually exploiting patients that were reported as missing.
On Feb. 21, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Prairie View Management Facility that two court ordered patients had walked away from the facility and were unable to be located. They were subsequently listed as missing persons in the state registry.
Prairie View Management Facility is an assisted living facility that provides "direct and specified care for those with mental and physical disabilities from the township, as well as the surrounding area."
Four days later, the Fayette County Sheriff's Office learned the two patients were seen with 26-year-old Megan Penney and 23-year-old Paige Johanningmeier. Investigators learned that the nursing assistants' relationships with the patients turned sexual after they left the facility.
Johanningmeier and Penney were both arrested on Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist or school employee. If convicted both could face 5 years in prison and be required to register on the sex offender registry for 10 years.
Both patients were found and one was taken to a hospital in Linn County and the other was returned to Prairie View for treatment.