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Chesterfield school aide sentenced for stealing students' pills

Posted at 9:09 AM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 12:36:48-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia school clinic aide convicted of stealing students' prescription medications and replacing them with other drugs has been sentenced to five years in prison.

A Chesterfield judge handed 39-year-old Caitlin Poytress the sentence Monday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. She pleaded guilty to felony child neglect and possession of a controlled substance, among other counts.

Prosecutors alleged a school nurse noticed last spring that medications were missing and pill logs showed unexplained changes.

A parent later reported that her child’s Adderall pills had been replaced with Benadryl, and a school investigation found two other children's medications had been swapped out.