Former Dandridge juvenile center nurse pleads guilty to having sexual relations with inmate


DANDRIDGE (WATE) – A former nurse at Mountain View Youth Development Center in Dandridge plead guilty of having sexual relations with an inmate.

Rita Dalton, 41, was found guilty on six counts of having sexual contact with an inmate and seven counts of official misconduct. Dalton was in court on Monday.

Dalton was an employee at the center from January to October 2014. The Department of Children’s Services Internal Affairs Division and the Office of Child Safety’s Special Investigations Unit began investigating Dalton after receiving information about the allegations against her. She was fired in October 2014 and a “no rehire” stipulation was placed in her file.Previous story:Former Dandridge juvenile center nurse charged with having sexual relations with inmate

After Dalton was charged, Mountain View Youth Development Center Superintendent Tommy Francis was removed from his position. The Department of Child Services for Tennessee said there was no one specific no specific allegation or investigation that prompted the change, but a series of developments.

Misty Neeley has taken over as interim-superintendent at the facility. One of her first actions was to hire an internal affairs investigator who can address issues quickly.

Previous story: Interim superintendent of Mountain View already making changes

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