BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A prison nurse is facing charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections reported Laurie Ballard, 44, of Independence, a nurse at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, was arrested Thursday.
Investigators said Ballard admitted to having sexual contact with a prisoner on several occasions over the past few months.
According to officials, she has been placed on administrative leave and the case is being turned over to the district attorney for prosecution.
Ballard was booked on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance in office.
Officials reported she had worked at the prison since October 2007.