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Nurse's License Suspended for Relationship with Civil Sex Offender Detainee

The Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission and the state’s Department of Health have suspended the license of a nurse accused of trafficking cocaine and having an improper relationship with a civil detainee at the Special Commitment Center (SCC) on McNeil Island.

Shortly after Barbara Ann Boardman, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, was assigned to SCC in 2005, she began having an intimate relationship with a violent sexual predator, Lawrence Williams. She was fired in September 2006.

Boardman allegedly continued the relationship and had phone sex with the detainee and visited him. From 2007 to 2008, she reportedly smuggled 50 pornographic movies into the SCC and brought Williams crack cocaine 11 times. She also reportedly gave him over $100,000, and said he threatened to turn her in “if she did not do as requested.”

In June 2010, federal prosecutors charged Boardman with acquiring controlled substances by deception. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced on November 12, 2010 to time served plus one year on supervised release. See: United States v. Boardman, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Wa.), Case No. 3:10-cr-05580-KLS.

Meanwhile, her nursing license was suspended in October 2010. “The Commission finds an immediate danger exists here,” the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission wrote.

Sources: The News Tribune, The Olympian

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