State Police Charge Nurse at Barboursville School with Sexual Abuse

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police say an employee at the Barboursville School has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and sexual assault of a former juvenile at the residential treatment facility in Barboursville.

Troopers arrested Bernna Sue Starr-Lakin, 52, of Barboursville on Saturday following an unrelated incident at a local state park.

According to the criminal complaint, the teen told troopers during two separate recorded interviews that he had sexual relations with Starr-Lakins in her office at the school, and while he was under her care. At the time of the alleged incident, the boy was 17.

Troopers say Starr-Lakin, in her interview with troopers, denied any sexual relationship with the boy while he was confined to the school.

State Police say Starr-Lakin worked as a nurse at the school. They also said in the criminal complaint that the teen had mental heath issues, behavior issues, and various discipline issues.

The Director of the Barboursville School, Patty Deeds tells WSAZ.com she has no comment on whether Starr-Lakin works or worked at the school.

State Police also charged Starr-Lakin with carrying a concealed weapon in connection with the alleged incident at the state park. The teen, who is now 18, was also charged with giving false information to a police officer in that same incident.

Troopers say they were called to the state park about a male that was going to the cabins, banging on the doors and waving a gun saying he was going to kill his girlfriend's ex-husband.

That male then got into a SUV driven by a woman. That vehicle was stopped at the park gate. Troopers say Starr-Lakin was the driver and the teen was the passenger in that SUV.


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