MINEOLA, New York– A former Long Island high school teacher accused of injecting a teenager with a COVID-19 vaccine in their home without his parents’ knowledge pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor and was sentenced to community service and probation to avoid a felony charge that could have landed her in prison.
Laura Parker Russo, 55, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor attempt at the illicit practice of medicine when she appeared in a courtroom in Mineola, New York on Friday. She also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Russo was arrested in early January and authorities charged her with giving a vaccine dose to the 17-year-old, the son of an acquaintance.
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Authorities said the teenager later told his parents, who called the police. Prosecutors initially charged her with illegal professional practice, a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.
Russo was a science teacher for many years; She was subsequently released.
On Friday, Judge Howard Sturim ordered her to serve 100 hours of community service over a year while on temporary probation. She was also ordered to go to therapy twice a week and to stay away from the teenager.
If Russo meets community service requirements, prosecutors would drop the misdemeanor charges.
A spokesman for the Nassau County Attorney’s Office said that was the case agreed to the plea and the verdict “based on the defendants’ longstanding ties to the community and their lack of a criminal record.”
Russo’s attorney, Gerard McCloskey, told Newsday the agreement was “both in the interests of justice and in the best interests of my client.”
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