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Probation for ex-teacher in NY who administered vaccine doses to teens

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) – A former Long Island high school teacher accused of injecting a teen with a COVID-19 vaccine at her home without her parents’ knowledge has been sentenced to community service and probation for evading a felony. sentenced to. Charges that could send him to jail.

Laura Parker Russo, 55, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of attempted unauthorized practice of medicine when she appeared in a courtroom in Mineola, New York, on Friday. He also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Russo was arrested in early January, and authorities accused her of administering vaccine doses to a 17-year-old son she knew. Newsday reported that Russo later testified at a hearing about his job that he received the dose when a pharmacist asked for an empty vial to use as a Christmas ornament.

Authorities said the teen later told his parents, who called the police. Prosecutors initially charged him with unauthorized practice of a profession, a felony with a prison sentence of up to four years.

Rousseau was a science teacher for many years; He was later fired.

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On Friday, Judge Howard Sturim ordered her to complete 100 hours of community service in one year, while on interim probation. She was also ordered to attend therapy twice a week and to stay away from the juvenile.

If Russo completes the community service requirement, prosecutors will drop the misdemeanor charge.

A spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office said it agreed to the plea and sentence “based on the defendant’s longstanding ties to the community and his lack of a criminal record.”

Russo’s attorney, Gerard McCloskey, told Newsday that the plea agreement was “in the interests of justice as well as the best interests of my client.”

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