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Social Worker Steals Ritalin

December 27, 2005 permalink

Those drugs prescribed for your kids may become recreational drugs for social workers, or the source for drug sales.



Missing Ritalin leads to charges

KITTERY, Maine - A Department of Health and Human Services employee has been charged with two felony counts of drug theft for allegedly taking Ritalin prescribed for an 8-year-old.

Kimberly S. Sawyer, 29, of 26 Prospect St., Westbrook, was summonsed on Dec. 2 by Kittery police after an investigation into allegations she had taken the drugs from the child's home, said Police Chief Ed Strong.

Sawyer, a DHHS case worker, was assigned to visit the child's home on a regular basis. The parents, whose name and address are not being released, noticed that after Sawyer's visits, portions of the child's Ritalin prescription were missing, said Strong.

The parents took matters into their own hands and set a trap for Sawyer on Dec. 2, the date of her next scheduled visit.

"The family themselves had put a hidden camera in and caught her on film taking the drugs," said Strong.

The parents notified police. Officer Don Truax investigated the allegations and charged Sawyer with the Class C felony later that day.

Sawyer is scheduled to appear in York District Court on Feb. 9, 2006. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison for each charge.

Source: Portsmouth Herald