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Ex-nurse pleads guilty in drug theft case

WARREN — A former registered nurse on Monday pleaded guilty to multiple felonies related to the thefts of the painkiller Percocet from three patients at St. Joseph Warren Hospital.

Amy B. Pesa, 43, of Crews Hood Road, Liberty Township, was convicted of three counts of aggravated possession of drugs, three counts of illegal processing of drug documents and three counts of theft of drugs.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos ordered Pesa to be under the supervision of the adult probation department’s intervention program. If Pesa abstains from drugs and alcohol for a year and submits to random drug tests, court officials said she could have the case dismissed after completion of the program.

Pesa, who appeared in court with her attorney Candace Garrett, remains free after posting a $2,500 bond.

According to Trumbull County assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker, Pesa was working at the Warren hospital last December when medical personnel had suspicions and reported them to the Ohio Board of Nursing in Columbus. The subsequent investigation led to a discovery that Pesa had diverted the opiate Percocet from at least three patients, Becker said.

A check of the nursing board’s website shows that Pesa’s nursing license has been suspended, and she cannot practice in the state.

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