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Former Oregon Prison Nurse Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

On May 3, 2011, a registered nurse formerly employed by the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) was arrested on misconduct and drug-related charges, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP).

The previous month, a Washington County grand jury returned an indictment against Linda Marie Coakley, 47, following an OSP investigation. She was charged with six counts of tampering with drug records, six counts of official misconduct and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

ODOC spokeswoman Jeanine Hohn reported that Coakley was hired in June 2006 to work at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF), a women’s prison and intake center.

In 2009, Coakley diverted medication from CCCF prisoners to herself, including Vicodin and oxycodone, stated Deputy District Attorney Mark Richman. Coakley was “stationed at home” by the ODOC on October 26, 2009 and resigned in June 2010, said Hohn.

According to the Oregon State Board of Nursing, Coakley voluntarily surrendered her nursing license in August 2010 due to “inaccurate and incomplete recordkeeping, and unauthorized removal of narcotics from the workplace.”

Coakley pleaded guilty to official misconduct and drug offenses on July 22, 2011 and was sentenced to 25 days in jail plus 18 months on probation. She also was required to participate in a drug treatment program.

Sources: The Oregonian,

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